Former South American champion Martin Antonio Coggi, son of Argentinean great Juan Martin Coggi, is set to fight Frenchman Christopher Sebire for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Light Welterweight title on June 11 in France.
The signing of the contract took place in the Coggi family home, with memorabilia from Seniors legendary career decorating the living-room walls, and Junior, who has a fine 33-6-3 (16) professional record, is hoping that this will be a good omen for him to emulate his father and win a world title in the same division.
Nicknamed “Látigo” (The Whip), Juan Martin Coggi retired from the ring in 1999 after seventeen years as a pro with a fantastic 75-5-2 (44) ledger, having won the WBA world title three times (1987, 1993 and 1996) and made ten successful defenses combined.
During his career he defeated opponents such as Patrizio Oliva (48-0), Sang-Ho Lee (47-1), Akinobu Hiranaka (17-0), Jose Luis Ramirez (102-8), Hiroyuki Sakamoto (19-0) and Frankie Randall (52-3-1), and was never afraid to venture outside his native country for fights.
The Argentinean icon will train his son for the WBF world title fight, and travel with him to France where he himself fought five times. In 1990 Juan Martin outclassed Jose Luis Ramirez in a WBA title-defense in France, and they will be looking for Martin Antonio to do a similar job on Sebire, 24-9-1 (9), this coming June 11.
A southpaw like his father, Martin Antonio has been a pro for more than ten years and won several regional titles. This will be his first world championship bout, and the Coggi-duo plans to leave no stone unturned in their efforts to make the most of the opportunity and bring another world title back to Argentina, and their family.