Former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez may be retired from the sport, but he still has some thoughts to offer — particularly concerning the upcoming rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, scheduled for May 5.
When asked by WBN about how he viewed the first fight between Canelo and Golovkin, Martinez had this to say:
“I think last September was a very good fight, but in my opinion, Golovkin won the fight clearly,” Martinez told WBN.
“I want to say that Canelo’s performance was very good, and he showed very intelligent boxing to everybody and good defensive skills, but was not enough to win the fight.”
Martinez was then asked about how he see the rematch shaking out, and he would go on to admit that he believes it will be much like the first fight, with Golovkin doing enough to win a points decision.
So when Martinez was then prodded about how he thinks he would’ve fared against both of the middleweights, he gave a typical Sergio Martinez response.
“I would have beaten both of them on the same night!” - he joked.
“But seriously, I don’t want to be the typical former champion talking about the old times. Canelo and Golovkin are very, very good champions and I respect them both a lot.”
Martinez has always been a class act and it’s refreshing to hear a former fighter not delve to deep into hypothetical fights that will never come to pass. Martinez had his time, and now he says it’s time to let Canelo and Golovkin have theirs.