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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Knee surgery likely for Martinez

By Michael Woods

Sergio Martinez looks forward to proving he is the man who still holds the baton as the best middleweight on the planet. The Argentine pugilist (51-2-2) has heard fight fans elevate Gennady Golovkin to all-time great status.

Not so fast, according to WBC middleweight champ Martinez.

But before the 38-year-old can prove doubters wrong, he will probably undergo a right knee surgery, according to Sampsonboxing Promotions executive Nathan Lewkowicz, co-promoter of Sergio with New York's Lou DiBella.

"When I was with him in New York [two weeks ago], his leg kept getting swollen from walking," Lewkowicz said before describing the knee issue as minor. "He should be one hundred percent after [surgery]."

The rough estimate for Martinez' ring return is still March 2014, he said.