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Lewkowicz says Martinez to retire by 40, talks tough Murray challenge

Phil Jay 24/03/2013

WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is facing one of the toughest fighter’s of his career on April 27 in Argentina, according to manager and advisor Sampson Lewkowicz.

Martinez takes on Briton Martin Murray at Velez Sarsfield FC’s stadium next month and Lewkowicz believes that the formidable title-holder has a real battle on his hands, despite the fact that he is a strong favourite to win.

“I rate Murray as one of the most dangerous challenge’s Martinez has faced as a champion,” Lewkowicz told World Boxing News.

“Not only will this an historical event, this will mark a precedent in the boxing world.”

Lewkowicz was then asked how much longer the pound for pound star may continue in boxing after recently turning 38, to which Sampson replied: “Sergio promised his mother that he will retire by the age of 40.”

‘Maravilla’ fought an exciting clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. last September, after which, the Mexican was duly banned and fined for testing positive for marijuana.

There have been huge calls from boxing fans for the two to face each other again after their twelve round battle, although Lewkowicz was giving nothing away when asked if the two could meet again once Chavez serves his punishment.

“Sergio, as well as his team no not like talking about the future,” he explained. “We are solely focused on Martin Murray and will not discuss any future challenge until after April 27 out of respect for Murray.”