Trainer maps out Martinez's future fights
MANILA, Philippines – World middleweight champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina is still capable of fighting two times every year, according to his trainer, Pablo Sarmiento.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Sarmiento revealed who he wants Martinez to face for his next three fights.
“Perhaps in the first half of 2013, we will have a fight in the United States against a designated opponent... perhaps (Mexican boxer) Canelo Alvarez,” Sarmiento said.
“And then, in November, a rematch with (Julio Cesar) Chavez,” he added.
Martinez battered Chavez for 11 rounds when they fought last September 15, but was shockingly knocked down in the 12th and final round. He managed to survive to win by unanimous decision.
Sarmiento said that in the rematch, Chavez will not be able to give Martinez any sort of trouble.
“The next time, Sergio will win by knockout or give him a beating worse than the one he gave him now,” he vowed.
Sarmiento hopes that if Martinez wins both fights against Alvarez and Chavez, the Argentinian can finally face unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“Hopefully, we’ll have the fight with Floyd Mayweather. He is the toughest opponent of them all, but we have faith,” he said. “We always want the best.”
Martinez is currently recovering from a knee injury he sustained during his bout against Chavez.
Mayweather, meanwhile, has been mum about his boxing plans since being released from jail last August.