On June 12, 2015, former lineal Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez officially announced his retirement from the sport.
“Thank you for everything, here ends a period of my life. I am officially retired,” said Martinez in a Tweet announcing his retirement.
Thanks to all, I am retired. Gracias por todo, aquí termina una etapa de mi vida. Estoy oficialmente retirado. Hasta la victoria siempre.
— Sergio Martínez (@maravillabox) June 14, 2015
Martinez, 40, held the lineal Middleweight title for four years after scoring a dominant 12-round decision over Kelly Pavlik in 2010.
Wins over Serhiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker, Mathew Macklin and, in a controversial re-earning of his WBC title, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. easily made Martinez one of the best Middleweights in recent years.
Martinez has not fought since losing via devastating 10th-round technical knockout loss to Miguel Cotto last June.
Martinez’s body had been wearing down for quite some time, especially after his win over Chavez Jr., which seemed to take a lot out of him.
What was your favorite Martinez win? His outclassing of Chavez Jr.? Or his vicious KO win over Paul Williams?