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Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez announced his retirement today. Over a year since his last fight, in which he relinquished his long-held claim to the lineal middleweight title to Miguel Cotto, the 40-year-old Martinez decided to call an end to his career. Martinez fought thrilling matches on HBO against Paul Williams, Kelly Pavlik, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., among others – including an unforgettable knockout against Williams
HBO Sports President Ken Hershman had the following to say about Martinez and his career:
"Like millions of boxing fans around the world who have enjoyed watching his spectacular career, everybody at HBO Sports will miss Sergio's professionalism and elite fighting skills.
What we will do is celebrate a career that is full of accomplishments by one of the most determined athletes of this generation.
Watching Sergio win the lineal world middleweight championship on HBO was a landmark moment in the sport's history.
More importantly, our respect and admiration for Sergio as an individual is unmeasurable.
His decision to be an activist and campaign against bullying is just one example of how he has taken his celebrity and used it as a positive force to make the world a better place.
We will be forever grateful to Sergio and his team for allowing HBO to chronicle his remarkable journey to the top of the sport."