Former middleweight king Sergio Martinez has spoken to WBN about his new life outside trading punches, two and half years on from officially announcing his retirement from the sport.
‘Maravilla’ last fought when losing his WBC title to Miguel Cotto in the summer of 2014, going down in ten rounds when hampered by knee injuries that still affect the legendary Argentinian’s daily life.
Now 41, Martinez has been dipping his toes into acting recently by treading the boards, whilst doubling up as a promoter with a talented stable of Spanish-based fighters tied to his growing Maravilla Box venture.
“I studied acting for comedy and drama. In addition, I am currently acting in theater,” Martinez exclusively told World Boxing News this week.
“I have been taking part in work written by myself, along with other performing parts accompanied by actors who are true legends in Argentina’s history.
“In addition, my boxing promotional duties still keep me close to the sport that I love.”
Maravilla Box currently partners with US-based promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, having helped fighters including Kiko Martinez and more recently Ceferino Rodriguez who claimed the vacant European welterweight title last weekend.
Martinez is always looking to expand his company and hopes to see fighters blossom under his guidance for the foreseeable future.
“The promotional side of things is going very well, and soon I hope to maybe have two world champions in three or four years’ time. It’s an exciting period for everyone at Maravilla Box.”
On his own well-being, Martinez admits the ailments that ultimately cut short his career still require more surgery in order to completely cure him of any further discomfort.
“It is sad to report my injuries have not completely healed,” he explained.
“My right knee and my left shoulder are more delicate and therefore I have made pains that can probably only be cured with surgical operations and rehabilitation interventions.
“Hopefully one day the problems will be worked out,” added Martinez.
One of the most celebrated Argentinian fighters of all time, Martinez ended his career boasting a record of 51 victories against three defeats – with two draws, and in his prime only gave way to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather in the coveted pound for pound rankings.