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Following the Margarito fight, Martínez returned to Argentina and fought eight times, all victories, from April 2000 – February 2002. The sanctioning organizations for boxing recognize that boxers may choose to move up or down in the weight categories, yet they also wish to make all championship belts available to challenge. Sergio successfully defended his The Ring title against the No. Chávez Jr.'s godfather was the head of WBC and refused to allow the fight, even after a unanimous vote to allow the unbeaten champion to fight the current title holder. [13] On 14 February 2009 Martínez fought to a majority draw against Puerto Rican Kermit Cintron. Sure that's ridiculous! Martínez would then seem to control the next two rounds with effective power punching. On 5 December 2009 Martínez fought Paul Williams in a non-title middleweight bout at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in a fight that was later described as a fight of the year candidate. ESPN, and The Los Angeles Times all gave round-by-round reports on the fight. [20] A week later, Martínez did inform the WBC that he was willing to vacate their Light Middleweight title and maintain his WBC Middleweight belt. [13], After facing a relatively low level of opposition for his first 17 fights in Argentina, Martínez fought abroad for the first time, travelling to the United States to face Antonio Margarito on the undercard to the first Érik Morales vs Marco Antonio Barrera bout. [25] As a result, he received a fine of $20,000 and was indefinitely suspended by the World Boxing Council.[26]. We've all seen the ever-presents by now; 2014's Iverson - an enthralling reflection on the career of a misunderstood NBA great. The fight took place in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on 17 April 2010. In the first round Williams and Martínez would both knock each other down once. In 2010 he was granted the Konex Award Merit Diploma as one of the five best boxers of the last decade in Argentina. Sports, and The Ring. 2 ranked Middleweight. 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[12], Martínez at the age of 22, had his first professional fight on 27 December 1997 in Ituzaingo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. [28] Martínez defeated Ring Top 10 Middleweight Martin Murray by a controversial unanimous decision. Martinez prepped for this fight against Chavez Jr. in Oxnard, California training under his career long coach, Gabriel Sarmiento. The fight took place on 19 February 2000 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. He continued to fight back until round nine when Martínez went down once again. Maravilla is a real-life sports epic bunched into 80 exciting minutes, not a single one wasted. Sergio, you are the best for me. That would turn out to be the case as Williams would escape with a majority decision victory with scores of 114–114, 119–110 (for Williams) and 115–113 (for Williams). [13] Soon thereafter, Martínez began to gain recognition and pursue fights in the United States, under the guidance of adviser Sampson Lewkowicz. 3:03. He attended a news conference to support legislation involving the Violence Against Women Act. [23][24], After the fight, Chávez tested positive for cannabis. After his surgery, Martínez confirmed his next title defense would take place in his native Argentina,[27] in what would be his first fight in his home country since leaving for Spain in 2002. That was f***ing unbelievable. It was evident straight away that Martinez's legs were not there, even with knee braces on and clearly visible, Cotto knocked Martínez down three times in the first round. Martínez fought Julio César Chávez Jr. on 15 September 2012, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Paradise, Nevada for Chávez Jr's WBC Middleweight title. According to reports, Sarmiento told Martínez "Champion, your knees are not responding. It's a phenomenal insight into the murky world of boxing ABCs and promotion, and one which - as mentioned above - instantly educates the more casual observer of the sport. He has also championed the cause of domestic violence against women. [4] A southpaw, Martínez was known as a fast and athletic fighter and his style has been described as "crowd-pleasing",[5] partly because of his tendency to fight with his hands down when out of his opponents' range. "18: Madison Square Garden, New York City, Sergio Martinez beat Matthew Macklin by 11th-round KO (The Ring middleweight). His father worked as a construction worker and metal worker, a trade which Sergio Martínez joined along with his two brothers, Sebastian and Hugo Jr. Martínez was bullied as a child in his "dirt-poor rural village. Sergio Gabriel Martínez (born 21 February 1975) is an Argentine professional boxer.He held the WBC super welterweight title from 2009 to 2010, and the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles between 2010 and 2014. After scoring two knockdowns in the 11th, Macklin's corner stopped the fight shortly before the 12th round. [2] In 2011, Martínez reached a career high ranking as the world's third best active boxer, pound for pound, behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, as voted by most sporting news and boxing publications, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Yahoo! As such, their rules prohibit a fighter from simultaneously holding belts in multiple divisions. However, on 13 June 2015, Martínez announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 40, stating that both aging and knee injuries were the causes for his decision. The sports genre doesn't tend to see as much upheaval as other Netflix categories, in the UK and Ireland at least. Martinez was quoted as saying: "With domestic violence, no one wanted to touch the subject with a 10-foot pole. [1]He also held the IBO super welterweight title from 2003 to 2004. "[10], For other people named Sergio Martinez, see, Bolera Severino Prieto, Torrelavega, Spain. The WBC named him their Boxer of the Year in 2010 and 2012. Recent addition of the compelling Les Bleus aside, it's rare we're treated to new sports documentaries, and so we tend to go further afield - and usually deeper into the online Aether - for our fix. Martínez struggled in the first half of the fight, with Macklin able to time Martínez very well, which neutralized much of Sergio's offensive attack (and would even score a knock-down on Martínez in the seventh round). After the first round however, he begun to make the fight competitive with Cotto. Less than a month later, Forrest was tragically murdered in Atlanta, GA.[17]. Maravilla is a real-life sports epic bunched into 80 exciting minutes, not a single one wasted. [3] In 2010 he received Fighter of the Year awards by both The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America, as well as The Ring's Knockout of the Year for his rematch victory against Paul Williams. Like many of it's ilk, this is a film probably better suited to non-boxing fans, or casual observers not overly familiar with Martinez or his achievements. [9] Shortly afterwards the family relocated to the nearby city of Quilmes, which is also in the Buenos Aires Province. Many observers stated that there had been a clear deterioration in Martínez since the Chávez Jr. bout. During his time in Spain, Martínez also worked jobs such as; nightclub bouncer, dishwasher, construction worker and did modelling jobs for Adidas and Nike. After an impressive performance against Paul Williams, Sergio Martínez stayed at middleweight and challenged WBC, WBO, The Ring and lineal middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. Though Chávez had his moments trapping Martínez in the corner on the ropes, Martínez fought Chávez and used his fast lateral movement to avoid and neutralize Chávez' offensive attack. He successfully defended the title once, knocking out Sergio Ernesto Acuna in the seventh round, before being stripped of the title.[13]. "[10] Before boxing, Martínez was a keen cyclist and football player and it was not until 1995 that he decided he would become a boxer. - and in the 19 years which followed would become the third best fighter in the world, behind only Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Was violently bitten by a pelican at Fota Wildlife Park in 2001. Rounds 8–10 then signified that the fight would be close on the score-cards when Martínez won those rounds by repeating what he did in rounds 2 and 3. Martínez, however, fought through the difficulty and eventually found openings which led to a knock-out of Barker, in the 11th with a right hook. Eight weeks after the Pavlik fight, when Martínez failed to announce a preference to be a light middleweight or a middleweight champion (the WBO rules allow ten days to decide), the WBO stripped him of their middleweight title. Pavlik had cuts above both eyes for several rounds, which did not stop bleeding. I am a massive fan of @KatieTaylor Congrats! Despite being fatigued and clearly hurt, Sergio Martínez managed to survive the thrilling 12th round without holding. [31], Martinez has been presented with an award for helping bullied children. DiBella, a fighters' promoter as opposed to the various charlatans in his field, at one stage takes the WBC to task at their own convention, standing and ranting at now-deceased president José Sulimain - Chavez Jr's godfather, no less - about the organisation's disgraceful treatment of Martinez, declining orders to 'sit down' by the WBC's powers-that-be. Many boxing analysts and experts said that Darren Barker has the skills and ring generalship to one day become a champion, but that his skills were not perfected enough to do anything against Martínez. Both fighters were ranked among the top six pound-for-pound fighters, and Williams came into the fight as the Ring No. News agency Reuters reported that Martínez could make his first title defense against British fighter Martin Murray on 27 April 2013 in Argentina. Chávez hurt Martinez in the 12th round, sending him to the canvas halfway through the round. Williams stated to Max Kellerman after the fight, "He caught me with a punch I did not see.". 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Add to this Martinez' own journey behind closed doors, as the ageing middleweight faces a battle against time to fight the pretender to his throne, Chavez, while his body breaks down despite painful recovery work between fights. Although Williams scored knockdowns in the second and eleventh rounds, he was close to being stopped in the final round and the scorecards were heavily in Martínez's favour. Martínez claimed the Interim WBC light middleweight championship on 4 October 2008, beating Alex Bunema via an eighth round retirement. The knockout was called by many as the knockout of the year. I'm gonna stop this one. His boxing career suffered a major setback in August 1996 when he broke his left hand, forcing him out of the sport for a year. Finally, he and Chavez throw down for the title which had only changed hands thanks to horrendous boxing politics. [11] Although he considered competing for Argentina at the 2000 Olympics, he decided that he was too old to wait the two and a half years and chose to turn professional in December 1997. ', this 80 minutes will equip you with a fairly concrete understanding of the sport's irreparably shady political system, while providing you with one of its most compelling tales from recent years. Martínez was able to turn the tide in the later rounds, finding his range with his left hand. There's also the dynamic which explores why Martinez, despite his world-conquering abilities, is 'a nobody' in his homeland of Argentina, propelling the middleweight king homewards to partake in Dancing With The Stars-like competitions and stand-up comedy routines in an attempt to break his own country. Martínez got up with a little over one minute left in the fight, and rather than clinch or hold on to Chávez, Martínez continued to throw and trade blows with the Mexican. With six successful defenses of the Ring and lineal middleweight titles, Martínez's 50-month reign as champion ranks as one of the longest in the history … Streams & Videos: NJPW Strong: New Japan Showdown ep. Many speculated that this would be a fight of the year candidate. One sports doc which tends to go overlooked by Netflix subscribers in these parts, however, is the criminally underrated Maravilla. I thought I could have the most impact by speaking out on the issue. Martínez defeated Pavlik via unanimous decision in a bout which saw Martínez overcome a knockdown in the seventh round and go on to dominate a majority of the remaining rounds in the fight. [21], On 20 November 2010, Sergio got a chance to avenge his loss to Williams. We follow Martinez' family, who 17 years prior pleaded with their boy not to fight, and invite the whole neighbourhood - and local radio broadcast - to their home to witness the culmination of his greatest fight of all. [6], Outside the ring, Martínez has been an active spokesperson in the fight against bullying and domestic violence against women. He knocked Barker out with an extremely powerful right hook and put Barker to his knees in the 11th round. Martínez, who entered the ring as an underdog, having had only eight days preparation,[12][14] won a unanimous decision. Sergio Gabriel Martínez (born 21 February 1975) is an Argentine professional boxer. 1-4 CCW: Grapple Masters FEN 31: Lotos Fight Night Superior Challenge 21: Adam Westlund vs Tobias Harila BKB Lockdown: Sean George vs Smudger Smith Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. [22] Ever since their VPN crackdown and the subsequent unavailability of ESPN's 30 for 30 series in Ireland, there's been somewhat of a dearth of decent sports fare on Netflix. Dzindziruk, the WBO light middlweight champion, was knocked down five times in the fight. The fight went the twelve round distance and the scorecards revealed a draw, many ringside observers felt that the decision was a robbery and that Martínez easily outboxed Cintron and should have gained the victory. Martínez won by unanimous decision after surviving a 12th round knock down following a dominant performance over the first 11 rounds. Martínez rematched Nieva four months later and won a six-round unanimous decision. The day Jorge "El Travieso" Arce was kidnapped. He is the author of a book, Corazón de Rey ("Heart of a King"),[7] and is said to be working on a second book. Cintron's protestations led to the referee overturning his decision and the fight continued. 3 Ring Middleweight Matthew Macklin of Ireland on 17 March 2012 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. — Sergio Martínez (@maravillabox) March 25, 2017. The Count: Episode 2 The Count: Episode 3 [16], On 21 May 2009, WBC light middleweight champion Vernon Forrest was stripped of his title due to a rib injury that would leave him out of action indefinitely. Martinez was also awarded the WBC Diamond belt. I was absolutely bricking it at the end. How the hell have I never heard of this guy? It was there that he began his partnership with his current trainer Gabriel Sarmiento, who worked out of a gym in Azuqueca de Henares. He held the WBC super welterweight title from 2009 to 2010, and the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles between 2010 and 2014. Following the ninth round, trainer Pablo Sarmiento decided to call off the fight prior to the tenth round while still in the corner, against the urging of Martínez. For instance, if you're the type of sports fan who has ever wondered, 'how are there so many boxing champions per weight division? Argentina former world champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez (52-3-2, 29 KO’s) will return in his second fight since coming out from retirement for another rumble on December 5 in España. Because of the injury and his inability to fight Sergio Martínez, Martínez's interim title was upgraded to full WBC title status. Former handwriting champion. Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. The fight was featured on BBC's boxing schedule for 2011: Macklin unexpectedly threw vigorous hooks and jabs that left Martínez behind on the scorecards and left Martínez in a sense of urgency. He said they affected his vision and performance. The contest started badly for Martínez as Margarito scored a knockdown in the first round. However, this was disputed by Cintron, who claimed that the knockdown was a result of a headbutt but actually the headbutt which Cintron claimed to have happened was actually an extremely powerful and accurate cross from Sergio Martínez. After a series of setbacks including further surgeries on his knees, Martínez fought again over a year after the Murray fight, losing his WBC, The Ring and lineal middleweight titles to three-division former world champion Miguel Cotto on 7 June 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Sobre el segundo asalto, Maravilla Martínez lanzó un potente cruzado de derecha con el que durmió a su rival y puso punto final al pleito. After the fight, it was revealed that Martínez had broken his left hand (as early as the 4th round) and torn his right meniscus, the latter of which would require surgery. Over the next two and a half years, Martínez won seven fights in a row back in Spain, six of which were against boxers who had losing records. Sergio Martínez's next fight was against undefeated Sergiy Dzindziruk on 12 March 2011 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, winning by TKO in 8 rounds. Martínez out worked and out landed Chávez throughout the first 11 rounds of the fight, in dominating fashion. The fight was controversial for a number of reasons; during the seventh round Martínez knocked Cintron down with a clean left hand shot and the referee reached the count of ten and waved the fight off. You'll always be the best champion, Sergio. During this run of fights he won the Argentina welterweight title after outpointing Javier Alejandro Blanco. The Argentine star first picked up a pair of gloves in 1995 - aged 20(!) In 2012, Martinez fought our own Matthew Macklin in the Theater at New York's Madison Square Garden - a venue graced once more by Mack The Knife just a fortnight ago, as he managed Michael Conlan for his professional debut exactly five years after trading leather with Maravilla. [8], Sergio Martínez was born on 21 February 1975 in Avellaneda to parents Hugo Alberto Martínez and Susana Griselda. Maravilla provides a superb behind-the-scenes insight into the extraordinary story of recent boxing middleweight kingpin Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez - one of the sport's great talents and gentlemen - and the boxing bollocksology which threatened to derail his stint as one of the planet's finest fighters. [30], Martinez still resides in Madrid, Spain. Besides middleweight belts, his plethora of accolades included Fighter of the Year awards by both The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2010, as well as The Ring's Knockout of the Year for his victory against Paul Williams that same year. [18] Although there was a rematch clause in the contract, Pavlik chose not to enforce it, stating his desire to move up in weight. After being trained by his uncle, Ruben Paniagua, Martínez began boxing as an amateur and compiled a record of 39–2 (39 wins to 2 losses), the losses came by way of majority decision and knockout. Here, viewers not familiar with Martinez might be fooled into thinking they're watching a fictional tale unfold, such is the suspenseful nature of a fight years in the making. I was interested in the issue that a boxer, who dishes out violence, could also be thoughtful and do something and people would listen to someone like me. Then in the final 2 rounds (11–12), both fighters began to fade although the exchanges remained very closely contested, although Williams was far more active and therefore would seemingly win those final 2 rounds based on the fact that he was far more active in the last 2 rounds of the fight. [15] He defended the IBO title twice in the United Kingdom; a twelfth round knock-out victory of Adrian Stone in Bristol was followed by a rematch against Williams in Belfast, on this occasion Williams was stopped in the ninth round. The opponent for his professional debut, Cristian Marcelo Vivas, was disqualified in the second round, giving Martínez his first win. By the end, you're throwing punches with him, as he attempts to quell the dark forces which seemed so intent on ruining one of boxing's great modern tales. This prohibition includes holding a title with one sanctioning organization while also holding a title in a different weight class with a different organization. [19] The victory over Pavlik earned Martínez the WBC, WBO, Ring and lineal middleweight championships. From April 2002 – May 2003 he fought four times in Spain, all eight-round fights that he won against weak opposition, two of his opponents had lost their last six fights. The only blemish on his record at this point occurred in his third fight, a draw against Mario Javier Nieva over four rounds. Then Williams seemed to narrowly take control of the fight when he seemingly won rounds 4, 5, 6 and 7 by landing hard left hands to the side of Martínez's head. Although Martínez recovered and had some success in the early rounds, he was hurt by a number of punches in round seven leading to a stoppage by the referee, thus handing Martínez his first loss. Retained WBC interim super welterweight title, Retained WBC Latino super welterweight title, Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina, List of light-middleweight boxing champions, "Sergio Martínez - Premio Konex: Diploma al Mérito 2010", "Rankings: Heavyweight isn't deadweight – Boxing – Yahoo! Martinez-Macklin features in the documentary, as does both fighters' shared promoter Lou DiBella, whose fury at the corruption and lies used by the World Boxing Council to strip Martinez of his crown and install Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr as champion in his stead produces some wonderful behind-the-scenes fireworks. Approximately one minute into the second round, Martínez knocked Williams out with an over-the-top left hand to retain his title. Boil the kettle there, will ya? May 28. Martínez won the fight by unanimous decision, by the scores of 117–110, 118–109, and 118–109. ". Martínez then fought undefeated EBU middleweight champion Darren Barker on 1 October at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The first few rounds showed that Barker was actually able to make Martínez uncomfortable in the ring and give him more trouble than expected. He also managed to get Martínez's nose to bleed early in the rounds by an upper-cut. After his final fight in Argentina, a February 2002 win over Francisco Mora, Martínez decided to relocate to Spain. Martínez fought the first 17 fights of his career in his native Argentina, compiling a record of 16–0–1. 1977's Pumping Iron - a docudrama about the world of professional bodybuilding, with a focus on the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universe and 1975 Mr. Olympia contests. LAS VEGAS, NEV. (September 14, 2012) – Top Rank® and DiBella Entertainment announced today that the September 15JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR. vs. SERGIO “MARAVILLA” MARTÍNEZ Méxican Independence Day weekend world middleweight championship event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. Such is the sweet science's niche nature on this side of the pond, Martinez' career and brief but spectacular middleweight dominance might well have slipped your radar. Throughout the fight, Barker consistently gave Martínez problems, while never hurting him or really ever winning any of the rounds, he gave Martínez a challenge by coming in but not giving much offence to let Martínez counter or land anything clean. With Martínez winning the middleweight championship, he was required to make some decisions regarding his conflicting WBC light middleweight title. This was to change in his next fight however, as he took on Richard Williams in England for the lightly regarded IBO light middleweight title. He is divorced and once dated sports commentator Silvana Carsetti. 1994's critically-acclaimed Hoop Dreams - the journey of two African-American basketball prodigies who are recruited by a predominantly white high school and basketball super-power. Macklin was coming off a very impressive performance against middleweight champion Felix Sturm prior his fight with Martínez, a fight that many felt Macklin won, but he lost a controversial decision to Sturm in Germany. Although the organization also mandated that Martínez face Forrest, that bout would never happen. "[29], Following the bout, Martínez stated that he wanted to continue his boxing career, and expressed his desire to fight against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. With six successful defenses of the Ring and lineal middleweight titles, Martínez's 50-month reign as champion ranks as one of the longest in the history of that weight class. This fight was notable in that the WBC did not initially want Chávez Jr. to fight Martinez. The Madison Square Garden crowd was largely pro-Macklin.

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