Valdemoro - Former two division world champion Sergio Martinez, at 46 years old, continued his comeback with a ten round unanimous decision over British veteran Brian Rose.
Martinez fought a rival ten years his junior who displayed a good punch. Far from the agility of the fighter who dominated the world boxing scene nearly a decade ago, Martinez made it clear that his physical conditioning is still there, but he still lacks the proper “timing and distance” to his punches, as the boxer himself acknowledged.
The Argentine veteran seized the victory on the cards (97-94 x 2 and 96-94) and added his third victory since he decided to return to the ring in August of last year against the Spanish boxer José Miguel Fandiño, who then opened the door for a the fight against Jussi Koivula last December.
The Argentine boxer, born in Quilmes and living in Madrid, picked up a technical knockout over Fandiño in seven rounds, in El Malecón de Torrelavega. In December of the same year he technically knocked out Koivula in nine rounds, also in Torrelavega but at the Severino Prieto Bowling Alley.
"Maravilla," who did double-duty as the promoter of the card through his company Maravillabox Promotions, raised his record to 53 victories (30 knockouts), 3 defeats and 2 draws.
Somehow he holds the number three ranking under the World Association of Boxing (WBA), at middleweight, and is aiming for a world title match next year.
Rose, 36, born in Birmingham and residing in Blackpool, saw his record fall to 32 wins (8 KOs), 7 losses and 1 draw. In his last fight, back in March, he defeated Spanish José López Clavero in a majority decision in six rounds, at the Municipal Pavilion of Badia del Valles