Now turning his hand at being a promoter, former world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has reaffirmed that there will never be a comeback from the Argentinian legend.
Martinez, 42, retired in 2014 after losing his WBC title belt to Puerto Rican rival Miguel Cotto and on the back of suffering years of problems with injuries, particularly his knee.
As he prepared yet another of his fighters (Jon Fernandez) for a high-profile bout recently, ‘Maravilla’ spoke about his desire to remain on the other side of the ropes, along with his admiration for some of today’s best fighters.
“To this day I can say that I do not have any desire to return to the ring,” said Martinez.
“My last fights were torturous and I still have problems with my knee to the date as I try to go about my daily life.
“I continue to train an hour each day and continue to love boxing, but now I prefer watching the youngsters like Jon and help them with my experience.”
On his favorite boxers of the moment, one-time pound for pound regular Martinez added: “I really like Errol Spence Jr., he has a great style that I feel is like mine was. Canelo [Alvarez] and [Gennady] Golovkin are two of my favorites as well, they’ll put on a great fight.
“Andre Ward, Jorge Linares… There is a lot of talent in the sport at the moment,” he added.
Fernandez improved to 13-0 with a second round stoppage as Martinez watched on in New York, with the 21 year-old highly regarded as a future star and potential world title holder.