Martinez to rest before making next career move

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2014 06:37 PM | Updated as of Jun 11 2014 02:37 AM

Former world champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina will likely be taking a few months to rest before making a decision about his career, according to the fighter's adviser, Sampson Lewkowicz.

Martinez lost his World Boxing Council middleweight championship belt when he was beaten by Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto in their title match last weekend at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Martinez, who had not lost since 2009 prior to last weekend's fight, was knocked down thrice in the opening round and again in the ninth, and his trainer elected to stop the bout before the start of the 10th.

There were some who wondered if Martinez should consider retirement after such a loss, but Lewkowicz said the boxer is not making any decisions yet.

"I don't think that he will be making any decision over the next few months," Lewkowicz said in a RingTV report. "I think that he needs time to see how his body reacts and how he feels, mentally."

Martinez was a slight favorite against Cotto, but after the first round, it became clear that the Argentine was no longer the same fighter who ruled the middleweight division since 2009.

His knees, which he injured in a title defense against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012, failed him, and his mobility was severely limited. Without strength and spring in his legs, Martinez could not put together a respectable offense against Cotto.

But Lewkowicz said the only injury Martinez suffered in the fight was a broken nose.

"His hands were perfect. No damage. The only thing is that he got caught in the first round within the first minute of the fight, and he couldn’t recuperate," said Lewkowicz, adding that Martinez told him that he had no problems with his knees.

"What Sergio told me, precisely, is that he could not put his mind on his punches, or on his legs, or anything," he said. "Sergio told me that 'I tried to send the signal to my hands to move, and I tried to send a signal to my legs to move, but nothing was working.'"

Martinez's promoter, Lou DiBella, said after the fight that he won't try to talk Martinez into retirement, and Lewkowicz said he will give the fighter his advice -- but in private.

Lewkowicz did stress that if Martinez decides to hang up his gloves, "he doesn’t need to work another day of his entire life."

"The people love him, he's an idol, but he doesn’t need the money to fight again," said Lewkowicz.