Sergio Martínez (boxer)
Martínez before his fight against Paul Williams in November 2010.
|Real name||Sergio Gabriel Martínez|
|Rated at||Welterweight (147 lb)
Light Middleweight (154 lb)
Middleweight (160 lb)
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
February 21, 1975 |
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Wins by KO||28|
Sergio Gabriel "Maravilla" Martínez (born February 21, 1975) is an Argentine retired professional boxer. He is the former Lineal, The Ring, WBO and WBC middleweight champion, and his 50-month reign as lineal middleweight champion ranks as one of the longest in the division's history.
Martínez was previously in the light-middleweight division, where he held the WBC light-middleweight title (Interim then elevated to full status champion), as well as the WBC Latino title. Also, he has competed in the welterweight division, where he held the WBO Latino title.
Martínez was formerly rated as the number three pound for pound best boxer in the world - behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao - by most sporting news and boxing websites, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, and The Ring. In 2010 he received The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year" and The Ring "Knockout of the Year" awards. In 2010 and 2012 he received the World Boxing Council "Boxer of the Year" award. Martinez 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 the 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 Fighting style
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Activism
- 6 Professional boxing record
- 7 Titles in boxing
- 8 References
- 9 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 Erik Morales-Marco Antonio Barrera I undercard. 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 the Ring 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. 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 Middleweight Championship of the WBC, The Ring and the WBO.
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.
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.
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 the Lineal Middleweight titles to 3-division former world champion Miguel Cotto on June 7, 2014, at the 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.
A southpaw, Martínez is 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 he is out of range of his opponent. 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.
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."
Professional boxing record
|51 Wins (28 KOs), 3 Losses (2 KO), 2 Draws|
|Loss||51-3-2||Miguel Cotto||RTD||9 (12), 3:00||2014-06-07||Madison Square Garden, New York City||Lost Lineal/WBC/The Ring middleweight titles.|
|Win||51-2-2||Martin Murray||UD||12||2013-04-27||Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires||Retained Lineal/WBC/The Ring middleweight titles.|
|Win||50-2-2||Julio César Chávez Jr||UD||12||2012-09-15||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained Lineal/The Ring middleweight titles.
Won WBC middleweight title.
|Win||49-2-2||Matthew Macklin||TKO||11 (12), 3:00||2012-03-17||The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained Lineal/The Ring middleweight title.|
|Win||48-2-2||Darren Barker||KO||11 (12), 1:29||2011-10-01||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained Lineal/The Ring middleweight title.|
|Win||47-2-2||Sergiy Dzinziruk||TKO||8 (12), 1:43||2011-03-12||Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut||Retained Lineal/The Ring middleweight title.|
|Win||46-2-2||Paul Williams||KO||2 (12), 1:10||2010-11-20||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained Lineal/WBC/The Ring middleweight titles.|
|Win||45-2-2||Kelly Pavlik||UD||12||2010-04-17||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Won Lineal/WBC/WBO/The Ring middleweight titles.|
|Loss||44-2-2||Paul Williams||SD||12||2009-12-05||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|Draw||44-1-2||Kermit Cintron||UD||12||2009-02-14||BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Florida||Retained Interim WBC light-middleweight title.|
|Win||44-1-1||Alex Bunema||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||2008-10-04||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California||Won Interim WBC light-middleweight title.|
|Win||43-1-1||Archak TerMeliksetian||TKO||7 (10), 2:14||2008-06-07||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut|
|Win||42-1-1||David Toribio||UD||4||2008-02-16||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||41-1-1||Russell Jordan||TKO||4 (10), 0:59||2007-12-06||Paradise Theater, Bronx, New York|
|Win||40-1-1||Pavel Florin Madalin||RTD||4 (6), 3:00||2007-10-06||Polideportivo Sage 2000, Madrid, Madrid|
|Win||39-1-1||Saúl Román||KO||4 (12), 2:25||2007-04-27||Grand Plaza Hotel, Houston, Texas||WBC light-middleweight eliminator.|
|Win||38-1-1||Oliver Tchinda||KO||5 (8)||2006-10-07||Pabellon La Solidaridad, Fuenlabrada, Madrid|
|Win||37-1-1||Vasile Surcica||UD||12||2006-05-26||Poliesportiu Insular Blanca Dona, Ibiza, Balearic Islands||Retained WBC Latino light-middleweight title.|
|Win||36-1-1||Presente Brito||TKO||1 (8)||2006-04-01||Estadio Rayo Vallecano, Madrid|
|Win||35-1-1||Tamaz Tskrialashvili||TKO||6 (8)||2005-11-04||La Cubierta, Leganés, Madrid|
|Win||34-1-1||Alvaro Moreno Gamboa||KO||2 (12)||2005-10-05||La Linea, Andalusia||Retained WBC Latino light-middleweight title.|
|Win||33-1-1||Albert Airapetian||KO||11 (12)||2005-03-04||León, Castile and León||Won WBC Latino light-middleweight title.|
|Win||32-1-1||Jorge Teixeira Pina||RTD||5 (8), 3:00||2005-01-07||Pabellon Municipal, Lugo, Galicia|
|Win||31-1-1||Richard Williams||TKO||9 (12)||2004-04-17||King's Hall, Belfast|
|Win||30-1-1||Adrian Stone||KO||12 (12), 1:50||2003-10-09||Whitchurch Leisure Centre, Bristol, Avon|
|Win||29-1-1||Richard Williams||UD||12||2003-06-21||M.E.N. Arena, Manchester|
|Win||28-1-1||Frank Oppong||UD||8||2003-05-09||La Cubierta Palazo de Toros, Leganés, Madrid|
|Win||27-1-1||Miguel Angel Perez||KO||1 (8)||2003-02-07||Cubierta de Leganes, Madrid, Madrid|
|Win||26-1-1||Vasile Surcica||UD||8||2002-07-12||Campo de Futbol Las Americas, Parla, Madrid|
|Win||25-1-1||Alvaro Moreno Gamboa||UD||8||2002-04-26||Barcelona, Cataluña|
|Win||24-1-1||Francisco Antonio Mora||UD||10||2002-02-02||Estadia F.A.B., Buenos Aires|
|Win||23-1-1||Sergio Ernesto Acuna||TKO||7 (12)||2001-10-27||Estadia F.A.B., Buenos Aires||Retained Argentina (FAB) welterweight title.|
|Win||22-1-1||Javier Alejandro Blanco||UD||10||2001-09-08||Estadia F.A.B., Buenos Aires||Won vacant Argentina (FAB) welterweight title.|
|Win||21-1-1||Enrique Areco||RTD||8||2001-07-14||Ce.De.M. N° 2, Caseros, Buenos Aires|
|Win||20-1-1||Elbio Felipe Gonzlaez||TKO||6 (10)||2001-05-19||Nueve de Julio, Buenos Aires|
|Win||19-1-1||Adrian Walter Daneff||KO||4 (12)||2000-06-16||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires||Won vacant WBO Latino welterweight title.|
|Win||18-1-1||Javier Alejandro Blanco||UD||8 (8)||2000-05-05||Santa Rosa, La Pampa|
|Win||17-1-1||Raul Eduardo Bejarano||UD||6 (6)||2000-04-15||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Loss||16-1-1||Antonio Margarito||TKO||7 (10), 2:57||2000-02-19||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||16-0-1||Paulo Alejandro Sanchez||UD||10||1999-10-22||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Win||15-0-1||Silvio Walter Rojas||UD||10||1999-10-09||Círculo General Belgrano, Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires|
|Win||14-0-1||Walter Fabian Saporiti||TKO||2 (8)||1999-09-11||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Win||13-0-1||Ariel Gabriel Chaves||UD||10||1999-08-28||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Win||12-0-1||Paulo Alejandro Sanchez||UD||10||1999-07-17||Villa Dominico, Buenos Aires|
|Win||11-0-1||Silvio Walter Rojas||UD||10||1999-06-26||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Win||10-0-1||Elio Vaca Anglarill||UD||8||1999-05-15||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Win||9-0-1||Jose Antonio Perez||UD||8||1999-04-17||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Win||8-0-1||Ignacio Ramon Caceres||RTD||4 (6)||1999-03-19||Club Argentino de Quilmes, Quilmes, Buenos Aires|
|Win||7-0-1||Arnaldo Gabriel Molina||RTD||5 (6)||1999-03-05||Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires|
|Win||6-0-1||Gabriel Leonidas Leiva||TKO||3 (8)||1998-12-04||Estudios Canal 9 TV, Buenos Aires|
|Win||5-0-1||Luis Alberto Baldomir||RTD||5 (6)||1998-09-04||Estadia F.A.B., Buenos Aires|
|Win||4-0-1||Juan Mauricio Marino||UD||6||1998-08-22||Estadia F.A.B., Buenos Aires|
|Win||3-0-1||Mario Javier Nieva||UD||6||1998-07-25||Estadia F.A.B., Buenos Aires|
|Draw||2-0-1||Juan Mauricio Marino||Draw||4||1998-03-14||Estudios de America T.V., Buenos Aires|
|Win||2-0||Julio Cesar Villalva||TKO||1 (6)||1998-02-20||Cipolletti, Rio Negro|
|Win||1-0||Cristian Marcelo Vivas||DQ||2 (6)||1997-12-27||Ituzaingo, Buenos Aires||Professional debut.|
Titles in boxing
Major World Titles:
- Interim WBC Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- WBC Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- (2) WBC Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
- WBO Middleweight Champion (160 lbs)
Minor World Titles:
- WBO Latino Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- Argentina (FAB) Welterweight Champion (147 lbs)
- WBC Latino Light Middleweight Champion (154 lbs)
- "Boxing Ratings". Ringtv.craveonline.com. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "BoxRec Boxing Records". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "BoxRec Boxing Records". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "Middleweight". Wbcboxing.com. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "BoxRec Boxing Records". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "BoxRec Boxing Records". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- "BoxRec Boxing Records". Boxrec.com. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- Iole, Kevin. "Rankings: Heavyweight isn't deadweight – Boxing – Yahoo! Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- "Sergio Martinez Is WBC Boxer of the Year". thesweetscience.com. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez. dbe1.com
- Bob Velin (15 March 2012). "Martinez champions fight against bullying outside the ring". USA TODAY. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- "Sergio Martinez Part One: A King Goes in Search of his Crown". Dog House Boxing. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "Sergio Martinez: Better late than never". The Ring. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- Boxrec. "Sergio Gabriel Martinez". Boxrec Fighter Page. Retrieved 26 January 2008.
- "Sergio Martinez Part Two: The General Crowns his King". The Ring. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "Boxing: Brodie defies eye damage to overpower Argentinian opponent". The Independent. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
- "Martinez robbed of win against Cintron". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- "Martinez now jr. middleweight champ". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- "Martinez proves his worth against Pavlik". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- "Pavlik to move up in weight". ESPN. Retrieved 19 May 2010.
- "WBO strips Martinez of title". ESPN. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
- "Martinez stays at middleweight". ESPN. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
- "Boxing – Martinez KOs Dzinziruk". Fightnews.com. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- Rafael, Dan (19 September 2012). Multiple injuries idle Sergio Martinez, ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Rafael, Dan (17 October 2012). Sergio Martinez to Have Knee Surgery, ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- ESPN staff (20 September 2012). Chavez fails drug test after Martinez defeat, ESPN.co.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Bob Velin (5 October 2012). "Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fined $20K, suspended by WBC". TheNewsStar (2012 www.thenewsstar.com). Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- Rafael, Dan (14 November 2012). Surgery for Martinez 'perfect', ESPN.com. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- Gowar, Rex (11 November 2012). Martinez to defend title against Briton Murray – reports, Reuters. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Sergio Martinez v Sergiy Dzinziruk preview". Crunch Sports. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "Final Thoughts on Pavlik-Martinez". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
- "No sé si iría a la revancha de Maravilla – Tiempo de San Juan". tiempodesanjuan.com. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- "Sergio Martínez boxing record". BoxRec.com.
|IBO Light Middleweight Champion
21 June 2003–2004
Title next held byMihály Kótai
Title last held byJavier Castillejo
|WBC Light Middleweight Interim Champion
4 October 2008 – 21 May 2009
|WBC Light Middleweight Champion
21 May 2009 – 16 June 2010
Title next held byManny Pacquiao
|WBO Middleweight Champion
17 April 2010 – 1 June 2010
Title next held byDmitry Pirog
|WBC Middleweight Champion
17 April 2010 – 18 January 2011
Status Changed:Emeritus champion
Interim Champion promoted
|The Ring Middleweight Champion
17 April 2010 – 7 June 2014
Julio César Chávez, Jr.
|WBC Middleweight Champion
15 September 2012 – 7 June 2014
|BWAA\ The Ring Fighter of the Year
|Olimpia de Oro