Sergio Martinez will return to the ring April 27 against Martin Murray if all goes according to plan. The anticipated rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. is being targeted for September 14, 2013.
Sergio Martinez is riding high after a dominant win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on September 15. Martinez roundly dominated the fight other than a late rally from Chavez that knocked down Martinez in the final frame, also resulting in a partial meniscus tear in his right knee.
Martinez underwent surgery earlier today (Monday) to repair the knee and his sights are set on a homecoming fight in Argentina, with Martin Murray looking like the desired oponent
The leading candidate is England's Martin Murray (24-0-1, 10 KOs), whose draw came in a world title bout against then-middleweight titleholder Felix Sturm in December 2011. Murray would have to win a fight he has scheduled to remain in contention. He is slated to face Jorge Navarro for a vacant interim belt on Nov. 24 in Manchester, England on the undercard of former junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton's return from retirement against former welterweight titleholder Vyacheslav Senchenko.
"Martin Murray is the desired opponent, as long as he wins his upcoming fight," Lou DiBella, Martinez's promoter, told ESPN. "There's a huge competitive thing between Argentina and the Brits."
Also under consideration, Lewkowicz said, are Jose Miguel Torres (26-5, 23 KOs) of Colombia, former European champion Kerry Hope (17-4, 1 KO) of Wales, and Italy's Domenico Spada (36-4, 18 KOs).
DiBella also did a lot of standard "he's such a huge star in Argentina now that he can't walk down the street" talk, along with detailing a plan to hold the fight in a 50,000 seat soccer stadium.
Murray is no slouch, as proven in his being the first man since 2007 to not lose when stepping in the ring with Sturm (the fight was scored a split draw). Still, as he's emerging more and more on the American scene it's a shame to see him take a fight in Argentina.
But the big fight is still being planned with Sampson Lewkowicz, Martinez's adviser, saying that he talked to Bob Arum and they're planning for the rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to take place on September 14, 2013.
So again, if Murray beats Jorge Navarro and Martinez's knee is ready, then Martinez fights Murray, and if Martinez beats Murray, then Martinez gets Chavez Jr. again.
These situations always seem to turn out well, right Victor Ortiz?