Former middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez had admitted that his future hangs in the balance as the Argentinian slowly attempts to recover from serious knee surgery.
Martinez, who turned 40 this year, was hoping to stage a farewell fight before officially retiring following his devastating loss to Miguel Cotto in June last year, although at this point it seems as though his dream ending may not be possible.
“I want to keep boxing, but the injuries are complicating even my daily life. I only will fight if I feel better,” Martinez told TYC Sports in his native country.
“My meniscus are crashed and I have to wear insoles on my shoes to walk correctly to not feel pain. So right now I can’t go back to train.
“I want to keep boxing, but these injuries are more complicated than we expected. During the next weeks I think I will be able to take a decision. I don’t seeing myself in the ring without being in the best possible shape to face a good rival.
“Honestly, I am not interested in another way as I don’t want to be disrespectful to my fans,” he added.
‘Maravilla’ was a late bloomer in sport when he burst onto the scene at the age of 35 with victories over Kelly Pavlik, and more famously Paul Williams in 2010. The veteran currently holds a career C.V of 51 wins, three defeats and two draws, but extended that record may now be out of reach for Martinez who has recently moved into acting.