40-year old Sergio Martinez officially calls it quits

Milan Ordoņez on Jun 14, 2015 02:43 PM
40-year old Sergio Martinez officially calls it quits
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After an 18-year professional career, former middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez is hanging up his gloves for good. 

“Maravilla”, who last saw action 12 months ago, made the announcement on Saturday, at the International Boxing Hall of Fame Banquet of Champions.

“It’s time to step aside and continue on to new horizons. I’m now retired. Thank you very much, hasta la victoria siempre (and to victory always),” said Martinez (HT: BoxingJunkie.com)

The former WBC 154-pound champion began boxing at a relatively late age of 20. While he did suffer some setbacks in his early days as a prizefighter, he eventually climbed up the ranks to become one of the most dominant middleweights in the game today.

Martinez last fought current middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in June 2014, where he was knocked down a total of three times in their nine-round fight. Prior to the bout, he was still ailing from a torn meniscus injury he sustained in 2012, when he faced Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

He holds a record of 51-3-2, with 28 victories by knockout.

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