Sergio Martínez (boxer)
Martínez in 2010
|Real name||Sergio Gabriel Martínez|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
February 21, 1975 |
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Wins by KO||28|
Sergio Gabriel Martínez (born February 21, 1975) is an Argentine former professional boxer who competed from 1997 to 2014. He held the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine, and lineal middleweight titles from 2010 to 2014, making six successful defenses of the latter two titles. Martínez's 50-month reign as lineal champion ranks as one of the longest in middleweight history. He also fought at light middleweight, where he held the IBO title from 2003 to 2005, and the WBC interim title in 2008 (later elevated to full world champion status the following year).
Martínez reached a career high ranking as the third best boxer in the world, pound for pound, 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. 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 victory against Paul Williams. The WBC named him their Boxer of the Year in 2010 and 2012. A southpaw, Martínez was known as a fast and athletic fighter and his style has been described as "crowd-pleasing", partly because of his tendency to fight with his hands down when out of his opponents' range.
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"), and is said to be working on a second book.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 2.1 Early years in Argentina
- 2.2 Relocation to Spain
- 2.3 Light middleweight
- 2.4 Middleweight
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 Titles in boxing
- 5 Pay-per-view bouts
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Activism
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Sergio Martínez was born on 21 February 1975 in Avellaneda to parents Hugo Alberto Martínez and Susana Griselda. 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." 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. 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.
Early years in Argentina
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.
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.
Relocation to Spain
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, 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. 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. Soon thereafter, Martínez began to gain recognition and pursue fights in the United States, under the guidance of adviser Sampson Lewkowicz.
Martínez vs. Cintron
Martínez claimed the Interim WBC light middleweight championship on 4 October 2008, beating Alex Bunema via an eighth round retirement. 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.
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.
Martínez vs. Williams I
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
After an impressive performance against Paul Williams, Sergio Martínez stayed at middleweight and challenged WBC, WBO, The Ring and lineal middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. 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. Although there was a rematch clause in the contract, Pavlik chose not to enforce it, stating his desire to move up in weight. The victory over Pavlik earned Martínez the WBC, WBO, Ring and lineal 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. A week later, Martínez did inform the WBC that he was willing to vacate their Light Middleweight title and maintain his WBC Middleweight belt.
Martínez vs. Williams II
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
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. Martinez was also awarded the WBC Diamond belt.
Martínez vs. Barker
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
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.
This fight was notable in that The WBC did not initially want Chavez jr. To fight Martinez. Chavez 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.
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 halfway 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.
Martínez vs. Murray
After his surgery, Martínez confirmed his next title defense would take place in his native Argentina, 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. 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
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."
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.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|56 fights||51 wins||3 losses|
|56||Loss||51–3–2||Miguel Cotto||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||7 Jun 2014||Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|55||Win||51–2–2||Martin Murray||UD||12||27 Apr 2013||José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|54||Win||50–2–2||Julio César Chávez Jr.||UD||12||15 Sep 2012||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles;
Won WBC middleweight title
|53||Win||49–2–2||Matthew Macklin||RTD||11 (12), 3:00||17 Mar 2012||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.||Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles|
|52||Win||48–2–2||Darren Barker||KO||11 (12), 1:29||1 Oct 2011||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles|
|51||Win||47–2–2||Serhiy Dzyndzyruk||TKO||8 (12), 1:43||12 Mar 2011||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.||Retained The Ring and lineal middleweight titles|
|50||Win||46–2–2||Paul Williams||KO||2 (12), 1:10||20 Nov 2010||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|49||Win||45–2–2||Kelly Pavlik||UD||12||17 Apr 2010||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||Won WBC, WBO, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles|
|48||Loss||44–2–2||Paul Williams||MD||12||5 Dec 2009||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.|
|47||Draw||44–1–2||Kermit Cintrón||MD||12||14 Feb 2009||BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBC interim light middleweight title|
|46||Win||44–1–1||Alex Bunema||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||4 Oct 2008||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.||Won WBC interim light middleweight title|
|45||Win||43–1–1||Archak TerMeliksetian||TKO||7 (10), 2:14||7 Jun 2008||Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.|
|44||Win||42–1–1||David Toribio||UD||4||16 Feb 2008||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|43||Win||41–1–1||Russell Jordan||TKO||4 (10), 0:59||6 Dec 2007||Paradise Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.|
|42||Win||40–1–1||Pavel Florin Madalin||RTD||4 (6), 3:00||6 Oct 2007||Polideportivo Sage 2000, Madrid, Spain|
|41||Win||39–1–1||Saúl Román||KO||4 (12), 2:25||27 Apr 2007||Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|40||Win||38–1–1||Oliver Tchinda||KO||5 (8)||7 Oct 2006||Pabellón La Solidaridad, Fuenlabrada, Spain|
|39||Win||37–1–1||Vasile Surcica||UD||12||26 May 2006||Poliesportiu Insular Blanca Dona, Ibiza||Retained WBC Latino light middleweight title|
|38||Win||36–1–1||Presente Brito||TKO||1 (8)||1 Apr 2006||Estadio Rayo Vallecano, Madrid, Spain|
|37||Win||35–1–1||Tamaz Tskrialashvili||TKO||6 (8)||4 Nov 2005||La Cubierta, Leganés, Spain|
|36||Win||34–1–1||Alvaro Moreno Gamboa||KO||2 (12)||5 Oct 2005||La Línea de la Concepción, Spain||Retained WBC Latino light middleweight title|
|35||Win||33–1–1||Albert Airapetian||KO||11 (12)||4 Mar 2005||León, Spain||Won WBC Latino light middleweight title|
|34||Win||32–1–1||Jorge Teixeira Pina||TKO||5 (8), 0:23||7 Jan 2005||Pabellón Municipal, Lugo, Spain|
|33||Win||31–1–1||Richard Williams||TKO||9 (12)||17 Apr 2004||King's Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Retained IBO light middleweight title|
|32||Win||30–1–1||Adrian Stone||KO||12 (12), 1:50||9 Oct 2003||Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, England||Retained IBO light middleweight title|
|31||Win||29–1–1||Richard Williams||UD||12||21 Jun 2003||MEN Arena, Manchester, England||Won IBO light middleweight title|
|30||Win||28–1–1||Frank Oppong||UD||8||9 May 2003||La Cubierta Palazo de Toros, Leganés, Spain|
|29||Win||27–1–1||Miguel Angel Perez||KO||1 (8)||7 Feb 2003||Cubierta de Leganes, Madrid, Spain|
|28||Win||26–1–1||Vasile Surcica||UD||8||12 Jul 2002||Campo de Futbol Las Americas, Parla, Spain|
|27||Win||25–1–1||Alvaro Moreno Gamboa||UD||8||26 Apr 2002||Barcelona, Spain|
|26||Win||24–1–1||Francisco Antonio Mora||UD||10||2 Feb 2002||Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|25||Win||23–1–1||Sergio Ernesto Acuna||TKO||7 (12), 1:47||27 Oct 2001||Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Retained ABF welterweight title|
|24||Win||22–1–1||Javier Alejandro Blanco||UD||10||8 Sep 2001||Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Won vacant ABF welterweight title|
|23||Win||21–1–1||Enrique Areco||RTD||8 (8), 0:01||14 Jul 2001||Ce.De.M. N° 2, Caseros, Argentina|
|22||Win||20–1–1||Elbio Felipe Gonzlaez||TKO||6 (10)||19 May 2001||Nueve de Julio, Argentina|
|21||Win||19–1–1||Adrian Walter Daneff||KO||4 (12)||16 Jun 2000||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina||Won vacant WBO Latino welterweight title|
|20||Win||18–1–1||Javier Alejandro Blanco||UD||8||5 May 2000||Santa Rosa, Argentina|
|19||Win||17–1–1||Raul Eduardo Bejarano||UD||6||15 Apr 2000||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina|
|18||Loss||16–1–1||Antonio Margarito||TKO||7 (10), 2:57||19 Feb 2000||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|17||Win||16–0–1||Paulo Alejandro Sanchez||UD||10||22 Oct 1999||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina|
|16||Win||15–0–1||Silvio Walter Rojas||UD||10||9 Oct 1999||Círculo General Belgrano, Ciudad Evita, Argentina|
|15||Win||14–0–1||Walter Fabian Saporiti||TKO||2 (8)||11 Sep 1999||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina|
|14||Win||13–0–1||Ariel Gabriel Chaves||UD||10||28 Aug 1999||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina|
|13||Win||12–0–1||Paulo Alejandro Sanchez||UD||10||17 Jul 1999||Villa Dominico, Argentina|
|12||Win||11–0–1||Silvio Walter Rojas||UD||10||26 Jun 1999||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina|
|11||Win||10–0–1||Elio Vaca Anglarill||UD||8||15 May 1999||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina|
|10||Win||9–0–1||Jose Antonio Perez||UD||8||17 Apr 1999||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina|
|9||Win||8–0–1||Ignacio Ramon Caceres||RTD||4 (6)||19 Mar 1999||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Argentina|
|8||Win||7–0–1||Arnaldo Gabriel Molina||RTD||5 (6)||5 Mar 1999||Mar del Plata, Argentina|
|7||Win||6–0–1||Gabriel Leonidas Leiva||TKO||3 (8)||4 Dec 1998||Estudios Canal 9, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|6||Win||5–0–1||Luis Alberto Baldomir||RTD||5 (6)||4 Sep 1998||Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|5||Win||4–0–1||Juan Mauricio Marino||UD||6||22 Aug 1998||Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|4||Win||3–0–1||Mario Javier Nieva||UD||6||25 Jul 1998||Estadio FAB, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|3||Draw||2–0–1||Juan Mauricio Marino||PTS||4||14 Mar 1998||Estudios América TV, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|2||Win||2–0||Julio Cesar Villalva||TKO||1 (6)||20 Feb 1998||Cipolletti, Argentina|
|1||Win||1–0||Cristian Marcelo Vivas||DQ||2 (6)||27 Dec 1997||Ituzaingó, Argentina||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byFabio Angel Vidal
|WBO Latino welterweight champion
16 June 2000 – March 2001
Title next held byJose Joaquin Rosa Gomez
Title last held bySergio Ernesto Acuna
|ABF welterweight champion
8 September 2001 – July 2002
Title next held byRaul Eduardo Bejarano
Title last held byAnderson Clayton
|WBC Latino light middleweight champion
4 March 2005 – October 2006
Title next held byRafael Sosa Pintos
|Minor world titles|
|IBO light middleweight champion
21 June 2003 – January 2005
Title next held byMihály Kótai
|Major world titles|
Title last held byJavier Castillejo
|WBC light middleweight champion
4 October 2008 – 21 May 2009
Promoted to world champion
|WBC light middleweight champion
21 May 2009 – 16 June 2010
Title next held byManny Pacquiao
|WBC middleweight champion
17 April 2010 – 18 January 2011
promoted from interim status
|WBO middleweight champion
17 April 2010 – 1 June 2010
Title next held byDmitry Pirog
|The Ring middleweight champion
17 April 2010 – 7 June 2014
|Lineal middleweight champion
17 April 2010 – 7 June 2014
Julio César Chávez Jr.
|WBC middleweight champion
15 September 2012 – 7 June 2014
|New title||WBC Diamond middleweight champion
12 March 2011 – December 2012
Title next held byCanelo Álvarez
|WBC middleweight champion
18 January 2011 – 15 September 2012
Regained world title
|May 5, 2012||Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez||Chavez Jr-Martinez||475,000||HBO|
|June 7, 2014||Cotto vs. Martinez||Cotto-Martinez||350,000||HBO|
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."
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- List of WBC world champions
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