Now 2-0 since ending a six-year retirement in 2020, former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez announced today that the next leg of his comeback tour will see him face Britain’s Brian Rose in Madrid on September 18th.
Confirmo que mi próximo combate será el próximo 18 se septiembre en Valdemoro (Madrid) ante @Brian_Lion_Rose Muchas gracias a mi equipo y a @K_Farrell_BEM y @teamrickypow por hacerlo posible. Pronto más novedades de las buenas— Sergio Martínez (@maravillabox) July 15, 2021
Fight announcement— Brian Rose (@Brian_Lion_Rose) July 15, 2021
My next fight will be against the former P4P king and former undisputed world champion @maravillabox
Date - 18th September pic.twitter.com/4H2AZENYsQ
Rose (36-6-1, 8 KO), a 15.5-year veteran of the sport, spent the entirety of his career on the local circuit before randomly popping over to Spain for a majority decision win this past March. He’s shared the ring with the likes of Demetrius Andrade, Matthew Macklin, Jack Arnfield, and Anthony Fowler while scoring decision wins over Joachim Alcine and Carson Jones.
As Scott pointed out, he’s definitely past it at this point, but he seems like decent-enough opposition for the 46-year-old Martinez (53-3-2, 30 KO), who returned last year with stoppage wins over Jose Miguel Fandino and Jussi Koivula after initially hanging up the gloves in 2014. So long as he doesn’t genuinely get it in his head that he can challenge for a title at this point, I’m perfectly fine with how Martinez is going about this.