Sergio Martínez (boxer)

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Sergio Martínez
Sergio Martinez.jpg
Martínez in 2010
Real name Sergio Gabriel Martínez
Nickname(s) Maravilla (Marvel)
Rated at Welterweight
Light middleweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Nationality Argentine
Born (1975-02-21) February 21, 1975 (age 40)
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 56
Wins 51
Wins by KO 28
Losses 3
Draws 2

Sergio Gabriel Martínez (born February 21, 1975) is an Argentine former professional boxer. He held the lineal, WBO, WBC and The Ring magazine middleweight titles,[1][2][3][4] with his 50-month reign as lineal champion ranked as one of the longest in middleweight history.[5] Martínez previously fought at light middleweight, where he held the WBC title (originally interim, then elevated to full champion status) as well as the regional WBC Latino title.[6][7] In his early professional career he fought at welterweight, winning the WBO Latino title.[8]

Martínez reached a career high ranking as the number three pound for pound best boxer in the world, behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, as voted by most sporting news and boxing publications, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, and The Ring.[9] 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. The WBC named him their Boxer of the Year in 2010 and 2012.[10] Martínez holds notable victories over former world champions Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Sergiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker and Julio César Chávez, Jr.

Outside the ring, Martínez has been an active spokesperson in the fight against bullying and domestic violence against women. He is the author of a book, Corazón de Rey ("Heart of a King"),[11] and is said to be working on a second book.[12]

Early life[edit]

Sergio Martínez was born on 21 February 1975 in Avellaneda to parents Hugo Alberto Martínez and Susana Griselda.[13] Shortly afterwards the family relocated to the nearby city of Quilmes, which is also in the Buenos Aires Province. 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."[14] Before boxing, Martínez was a keen cyclist and football player and it was not until 1995 that he decided he would become a boxer. 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. 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.[15] 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.[16]

Professional career[edit]

Early years in Argentina[edit]

Martínez at the age of 22, had his first professional fight on 27 December 1997 in Ituzaingo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The opponent for his professional debut, Cristian Marcelo Vivas, was disqualified in the second round, giving Martínez his first win. Martínez fought the first 17 fights of his career in his native Argentina, compiling a record of 16–0–1. The only blemish on his record at this point occurred in his third fight, a draw against Mario Javier Nieva over four rounds. Martínez rematched Nieva four months later and won a six-round unanimous decision.[17]

After facing a relatively low level of opposition for his first 17 fights in Argentina, Martínez fought overseas 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. The fight took place on 19 February 2000 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The contest started badly for Martínez as Margarito scored a knockdown in the first round. 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. Following the Margarito fight, Martínez returned to Argentina and fought eight times, all victories, from April 2000 – February 2002. During this run of fights he won the Argentina welterweight title after outpointing Javier Alejandro Blanco. He successfully defended the title once, knocking out Sergio Ernesto Acuna in the seventh round, before being stripped of the title.[17]

Relocation to Spain[edit]

After his final fight in Argentina, a February 2002 win over Francisco Mora, Martínez decided to relocate to Spain. It was there that he began his partnership with his current trainer Gabriel Sarmiento, who worked out of a gym in Azuqueca de Henares. During his time in Spain, Martínez also worked jobs such as; nightclub bouncer, dishwasher, construction worker and did modelling jobs for Adidas and Nike. 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. 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. Martínez, who entered the ring as an underdog, having had only eight days preparation,[16][18] won a unanimous decision. 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.[19] 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. 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.[17] Soon thereafter, Martínez began to gain recognition and pursue fights in the United States, under the guidance of adviser Sampson Lewkowicz.

Light middleweight[edit]

Martínez vs. Cintron[edit]

Martínez claimed the Interim WBC light middleweight championship on 4 October 2008, beating Alex Bunema via an eighth round retirement.[17] On 14 February 2009 Martínez fought to a majority draw against Puerto Rican Kermit Cintron. 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. 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. Cintron's protestations led to the referee overturning his decision and the fight continued. 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.[20]

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. Because of the injury and his inability to fight Sergio Martínez, Martínez's interim title was upgraded to full WBC title status. Although the organization also mandated that Martínez face Forrest, that bout would never happen. Less than a month later, Forrest was tragically murdered in Atlanta, GA.[21]


Martínez vs. Williams I[edit]

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. In the first round Williams and Martínez would both knock each other down once. Martínez would then seem to control the next two rounds with effective power punching. 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. 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. 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. 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).

Martínez vs. Pavlik[edit]

After an impressive performance against Paul Williams, Sergio Martínez stayed at middleweight and challenged The Ring magazine middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik for his lineal title, as well as his WBC and WBO titles. The fight took place in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on 17 April 2010. Martínez defeated Pavlik via unanimous decision in a bout which saw Martínez overcome a knock-down in the seventh rounds to go on subsequently dominate a majority of the remainder of the rounds in the fight. Pavlik had cuts above both eyes for several rounds, which did not stop bleeding; he said they affected his vision and performance.[22] Although there was a rematch clause in the contract, Pavlik chose not to enforce it, stating his desire to move up in weight.[23] The victory over Pavlik earned Martínez the WBC, Ring and the WBO middleweight championships.

With Martínez winning the middleweight championship, he was required to make some decisions regarding his conflicting WBC light middleweight title. 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. As such, their rules prohibit a fighter from simultaneously holding belts in multiple divisions. This prohibition includes holding a title with one sanctioning organization while also holding a title in a different weight class with a different organization. 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.[24] A week later, Martínez did inform the WBC that he was willing to vacate their Light Middleweight title and maintain his WBC Middleweight belt.[25]

Martínez vs. Williams II[edit]

On 20 November 2010, Sergio got a chance to avenge his loss to Williams. Both fighters were ranked among the top six pound-for-pound fighters, and Williams came into the fight as the Ring No. 2 ranked Middleweight. Many speculated that this would be a fight of the year candidate. Approximately one minute into the second round, Martínez knocked Williams out with an over-the-top left hand to retain his title. The knockout was called by many as the knockout of the year. Williams stated to Max Kellerman after the fight, "He caught me with a punch I did not see."

Martínez vs. Dzinziruk[edit]

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. Dzindziruk, the WBO light middlweight champion, was knocked down five times in the fight.[26] Martinez was also awarded the WBC Diamond belt.

Martínez vs. Barker[edit]

Martínez then fought undefeated EBU middleweight champion Darren Barker on 1 October at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. He knocked Barker out with an extremely powerful right hook and put Barker to his knees in the 11th round.

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. The first few rounds showed that Barker was actually able to make Martínez uncomfortable in the ring and give him more trouble than expected. 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. He also managed to get Martínez's nose to bleed early in the rounds by an upper-cut. 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.

Martínez vs. Macklin[edit]

Sergio successfully defended his The Ring title against the No. 3 Ring Middleweight Matthew Macklin of Ireland on 17 March 2012 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. 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. Macklin unexpectedly threw vigorous hooks and jabs that left Martínez behind on the scorecards and left Martínez in a sense of urgency. The Madison Square Garden crowd was largely pro-Macklin. The fight was featured on BBC's boxing schedule for 2011: "18: Madison Square Garden, New York City, Sergio Martinez beat Matthew Macklin by 11th-round KO (The Ring middleweight). ".

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). Martínez was able to turn the tide in the later rounds, finding his range with his left hand. After scoring two knockdowns in the 11th, Macklin's corner stopped the fight shortly before the 12th round.

Martínez vs. Chávez Jr.[edit]

Martínez shaking hands with Mauricio Macri, when he was awarded the Olimpia de Oro for 2012.

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. Martínez won by Unanimous Decision after surviving a 12th round knock down following a dominant performance over the first 11 rounds. ESPN, and The Los Angeles Times all gave round-by-round reports on the fight.

Martínez out worked and out landed Chávez throughout the first 11 rounds of the fight, in dominating fashion. 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. Chávez hurt Martinez in the 12th round, sending him to the canvas half-way through the round. 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. Despite being fatigued and clearly hurt, Sergio Martínez managed to hold and survive the thrilling 12th round. Martínez won the fight by unanimous decision, by the scores of 117–110, 118–109, and 118–109. 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.[27][28]

After the fight, Chavez tested positive for cannabis.[29] As a result, he received a fine of $20,000 and was indefinitely suspended by the World Boxing Council.[30]

Martínez vs. Murray[edit]

After his surgery, Martínez confirmed his next title defense would take place in his native Argentina,[31] in what would be his first fight in his home country since leaving for Spain in 2002. News agency Reuters reported that Martínez could make his first title defense against British fighter Martin Murray on 27 April 2013 in Argentina.[32] Martínez defeated Ring Top 10 Middleweight Martin Murray by a controversial unanimous decision. Many observers stated that there had been a clear deterioration in Martínez since the Chavez Jr bout.

Martínez vs. Cotto[edit]

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 June 7, 2014, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 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. After the first round however, he begun to make the fight competitive with Cotto. He continued to fight back until round nine when Martínez went down once again. 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. According to reports, Sarmiento told Martínez "Champion, your knees are not responding. Sergio, look at me ... I'm gonna stop this one. Sergio, you are the best for me. You'll always be the best champion, Sergio."[33]

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. However, on June 13, 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.[34]

Fighting style[edit]

A southpaw, Martínez is known as a fast and athletic fighter and his style has been described as "crowd-pleasing",[35] partly because of his tendency to fight with his hands down when he is out of range of his opponent.[36] Though he is a skilled boxer who uses his superior speed and endurance to wear down his opponents, he does have the power to score knockouts, and is not averse to inside fighting so long as he is outlanding his opponent.

Personal life[edit]

Martinez resides in Oxnard, California and Madrid, Spain. He is divorced and once dated sports commentator Silvana Carsetti.[37]


Martinez has been presented with an award for helping bullied children. He has also championed the cause of domestic violence against women. He attended a news conference to support legislation involving the Violence Against Women Act. Martinez was quoted as saying: "With domestic violence, no one wanted to touch the subject with a 10-foot pole. 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. I thought I could have the most impact by speaking out on the issue."[14]

Professional boxing record[edit]

51 wins (28 KOs), 3 losses (2 KOs), 2 draws[38]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Date Location Notes
Loss 51-3-2 Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2014-06-07 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Lost Lineal, WBC and The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 51-2-2 United Kingdom Martin Murray UD 12 2013-04-27 Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Retained Lineal, WBC and The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 50-2-2 Mexico Julio César Chávez Jr UD 12 2012-09-15 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained Lineal & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Won WBC Middleweight title.
Win 49-2-2 United Kingdom Matthew Macklin TKO 11 (12), 3:00 2012-03-17 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained Lineal, WBC Diamond and The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 48-2-2 United Kingdom Darren Barker KO 11 (12), 1:29 2011-10-01 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained Lineal, WBC Diamond and The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 47-2-2 Ukraine Sergiy Dzinziruk TKO 8 (12), 1:43 2011-03-12 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut Retained Lineal & The Ring Middleweight titles.
Won WBC Diamond Middleweight title.
Win 46-2-2 United States Paul Williams KO 2 (12), 1:10 2010-11-20 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained Lineal, WBC and The Ring Middleweight titles.
Win 45-2-2 United States Kelly Pavlik UD 12 2010-04-17 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won Lineal, WBC, WBO and The Ring Middleweight titles.
Loss 44-2-2 United States Paul Williams SD 12 2009-12-05 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Draw 44-1-2 Puerto Rico Kermit Cintron MD 12 2009-02-14 United States BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida Retained Interim WBC Light Middleweight title.
Win 44-1-1 Republic of the Congo Alex Bunema RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2008-10-04 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California Won Interim WBC Light Middleweight title.
Win 43-1-1 Armenia Archak TerMeliksetian TKO 7 (10), 2:14 2008-06-07 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 42-1-1 Dominican Republic David Toribio UD 4 2008-02-16 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 41-1-1 Panama Russell Jordan TKO 4 (10), 0:59 2007-12-06 United States Paradise Theater, Bronx, New York
Win 40-1-1 Romania Pavel Florin Madalin RTD 4 (6), 3:00 2007-10-06 Spain Polideportivo Sage 2000, Madrid, Madrid
Win 39-1-1 Mexico Saúl Román KO 4 (12), 2:25 2007-04-27 United States Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas WBC Light Middleweight Title Eliminator.
Win 38-1-1 Cameroon Oliver Tchinda KO 5 (8) 2006-10-07 Spain Pabellon La Solidaridad, Fuenlabrada, Madrid
Win 37-1-1 Romania Vasile Surcica UD 12 2006-05-26 Spain Poliesportiu Insular Blanca Dona, Ibiza, Balearic Islands Retained WBC Latino Light Middleweight title.
Win 36-1-1 Venezuela Presente Brito TKO 1 (8) 2006-04-01 Spain Estadio Rayo Vallecano, Madrid
Win 35-1-1 Georgia (country) Tamaz Tskrialashvili TKO 6 (8) 2005-11-04 Spain La Cubierta, Leganés, Madrid
Win 34-1-1 Colombia Alvaro Moreno Gamboa KO 2 (12) 2005-10-05 Spain La Linea, Andalusia Retained WBC Latino Light Middleweight title.
Win 33-1-1 Georgia (country) Albert Airapetian KO 11 (12) 2005-03-04 Spain León, Castile and León Won WBC Latino Light Middleweight title.
Win 32-1-1 Portugal Jorge Teixeira Pina RTD 5 (8), 3:00 2005-01-07 Spain Pabellon Municipal, Lugo, Galicia
Win 31-1-1 United Kingdom Richard Williams TKO 9 (12) 2004-04-17 United Kingdom King's Hall, Belfast Retained IBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 30-1-1 United Kingdom Adrian Stone KO 12 (12), 1:50 2003-10-09 United Kingdom Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon Retained IBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 29-1-1 United Kingdom Richard Williams UD 12 2003-06-21 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester Won IBO Light Middleweight title.
Win 28-1-1 Ghana Frank Oppong UD 8 2003-05-09 Spain La Cubierta Palazo de Toros, Leganés, Madrid
Win 27-1-1 Nicaragua Miguel Angel Perez KO 1 (8) 2003-02-07 Spain Cubierta de Leganes, Madrid, Madrid
Win 26-1-1 Romania Vasile Surcica UD 8 2002-07-12 Spain Campo de Futbol Las Americas, Parla, Madrid
Win 25-1-1 Colombia Alvaro Moreno Gamboa UD 8 2002-04-26 Spain Barcelona, Cataluña
Win 24-1-1 Argentina Francisco Antonio Mora UD 10 2002-02-02 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires
Win 23-1-1 Argentina Sergio Ernesto Acuna TKO 7 (12) 2001-10-27 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires Retained FAB Welterweight title.
Win 22-1-1 Argentina Javier Alejandro Blanco UD 10 2001-09-08 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires Won vacant FAB Welterweight title.
Win 21-1-1 Argentina Enrique Areco RTD 8 2001-07-14 Argentina Ce.De.M. N° 2, Caseros, Buenos Aires
Win 20-1-1 Argentina Elbio Felipe Gonzlaez TKO 6 (10) 2001-05-19 Argentina Nueve de Julio, Buenos Aires
Win 19-1-1 Argentina Adrian Walter Daneff KO 4 (12) 2000-06-16 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires Won vacant WBO Latino Welterweight title.
Win 18-1-1 Argentina Javier Alejandro Blanco UD 8 (8) 2000-05-05 Argentina Santa Rosa, La Pampa
Win 17-1-1 Argentina Raul Eduardo Bejarano UD 6 (6) 2000-04-15 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Loss 16-1-1 Mexico Antonio Margarito TKO 7 (10), 2:57 2000-02-19 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 16-0-1 Argentina Paulo Alejandro Sanchez UD 10 1999-10-22 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 15-0-1 Argentina Silvio Walter Rojas UD 10 1999-10-09 Argentina Círculo General Belgrano, Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires
Win 14-0-1 Argentina Walter Fabian Saporiti TKO 2 (8) 1999-09-11 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 13-0-1 Argentina Ariel Gabriel Chaves UD 10 1999-08-28 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 12-0-1 Argentina Paulo Alejandro Sanchez UD 10 1999-07-17 Argentina Villa Dominico, Buenos Aires
Win 11-0-1 Argentina Silvio Walter Rojas UD 10 1999-06-26 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 10-0-1 Bolivia Elio Vaca Anglarill UD 8 1999-05-15 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 9-0-1 Argentina Jose Antonio Perez UD 8 1999-04-17 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 8-0-1 Argentina Ignacio Ramon Caceres RTD 4 (6) 1999-03-19 Argentina Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires
Win 7-0-1 Argentina Arnaldo Gabriel Molina RTD 5 (6) 1999-03-05 Argentina Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
Win 6-0-1 Argentina Gabriel Leonidas Leiva TKO 3 (8) 1998-12-04 Argentina Estudios Canal 9 TV, Buenos Aires
Win 5-0-1 Argentina Luis Alberto Baldomir RTD 5 (6) 1998-09-04 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires
Win 4-0-1 Argentina Juan Mauricio Marino UD 6 1998-08-22 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires
Win 3-0-1 Argentina Mario Javier Nieva UD 6 1998-07-25 Argentina Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires
Draw 2-0-1 Argentina Juan Mauricio Marino Draw 4 1998-03-14 Argentina Estudios America TV, Buenos Aires
Win 2-0 Argentina Julio Cesar Villalva TKO 1 (6) 1998-02-20 Argentina Cipolletti, Rio Negro
Win 1-0 Argentina Cristian Marcelo Vivas DQ 2 (6) 1997-12-27 Argentina Ituzaingo, Buenos Aires Professional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

Minor World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Special titles:

Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

Date Fight Billing Buys Network
May 5, 2012 Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez Chavez Jr-Martinez 475,000 HBO
June 7, 2014 Cotto vs. Martinez Cotto-Martinez 350,000[39] HBO


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Preceded by
Richard Williams
IBO light middleweight champion
21 June 2003–2004
Title next held by
Mihály Kótai
Title last held by
Javier Castillejo
WBC light middleweight interim champion
4 October 2008 – 21 May 2009
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
WBC light middleweight champion
21 May 2009 – 16 June 2010
Title next held by
Manny Pacquiao
Preceded by
Kelly Pavlik
WBO middleweight champion
17 April 2010 – 1 June 2010
Title next held by
Dmitry Pirog
WBC middleweight champion
17 April 2010 – 18 January 2011
Status Changed: emeritus champion
Succeeded by
Sebastian Zbik
interim champion promoted
The Ring middleweight champion
17 April 2010 – 7 June 2014
Succeeded by
Miguel Cotto
Preceded by
Julio César Chávez, Jr.
WBC middleweight champion
15 September 2012 – 7 June 2014
Preceded by
Lionel Messi
Olimpia de Oro
Succeeded by
Marcos Maidana