Sergio Maravilla Martínez returns to the ring to face Koivula before going for the world title

Sergio Maravilla Martínez stars in his second fight since returning to activity (Photo: EFE)
Sergio Maravilla Martínez stars in his second fight since returning to activity (Photo: EFE)

Sergio Wonderful Martínez He is currently facing an important challenge in the face of his great goal of fighting again for the world title. The Argentine boxer is measured against the Finn Jussi Koivula in which it is his second fight after returning to professional activity. The evening is scheduled for 10 rounds in the medium category. The stage is the bowling stadium Severino Prieto, in the municipality of Torrelavega, in Cantabria, Spain.

The color data: Wonderful took the stage with Víctor Hugo Morales’ account of Diego Maradona’s historic goal against England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

The combat can be seen by the platform of Fite.TV, a site dedicated to broadcasting boxing, fighting and mixed martial arts events. Access to streaming has a cost of 15 dollars. In Spain it is also transmitted by the channel Eurosport2.

Martínez returned to the competition after six years on August 21, with a victory by technical knockout in seven rounds to Spanish José Fandiño, also in Torrelavega but in the El Malecón Stadium. This Saturday, the 45-year-old native of Quilmes is looking for a new victory that will pave his way to his great goal, which is to go for the middleweight world title of the World Boxing Association, which currently belongs to the Japanese Ryota Murata.

The Argentine boxer aspires to fight for the world middleweight title (EFE / Pedro Puente Hoyos / Archive)
The Argentine boxer aspires to fight for the world middleweight title (EFE / Pedro Puente Hoyos / Archive)

This is the beginning of something very beautiful: I do not stop until the world title. I learned to enjoy the road … “, said the Argentine after his victory against Fandino, adding:” I have in mind to continue doing a few more fights. I need to consolidate here to feel safe to face Murata. From here to four fights”.

The former WBC super welterweight world champion and WBC and WBO middleweight world champion, who has a record of 52 wins (29 KO), 3 losses and 2 draws, will face Koivula, a 36-year-old rival who accumulates a personal record of 24 wins (nine of them by knockout), seven draws and one loss.

The original date of this fight was December 5, but at the end of last month the postponement due to the health situation caused by the outbreak of Covid-19 in Europe. Although the stadium chosen for the evening has a capacity for 2,000 people, there will be no audience due to the health measures in force in the region, as reported by the Minister of Sports of the Government of Cantabria, Pablo Zuloaga.

The Finnish Jossi Koivula will be the rival of the quilmeño
The Finnish Jossi Koivula will be the rival of the quilmeño

In the previous weigh-in, the Quilmeño Sergio Wonderful Martinez accused 72,500 kg, while the Finn Jussi Koivula, 72,800 kg.

The successful Argentine boxer, who in February he will be 46 years old, must overcome this new challenge to be able to approach the fight for the world belt against the Japanese Murata. Although there are no details at the moment, it is speculated that if this is not his last event, he would only do one more before going against the Asian. Murata will turn 35 in the next few days and he will recover the world crown in mid-2019 against the North American Rob Brant, who had previously surprised and snatched the scepter by unanimous decision. The Kansai-born fighter’s last evening took place a year ago: he defeated Canadian Steven Butler by KO..

The other stellar duel of the day featured the Cantabrian boxer Sergio The boy Garcia, who, before his audience, beat the Frenchman by KO in the seventh round Gregory Trenel (12-6-2, 3 KOs). The local stretched in this contest the winning streak to 33 (14 of them by KO), without registering any losses at the professional level.

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