Sergio Martinez: Knee Not as Bad as Thought, Should Fight Kelly Pavlik in 2013

Michael WaltersCorrespondent IIOctober 11, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15:  Sergio Martinez celebrates after defeating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in twelve rounds by unanimous decision for their WBC middleweight title fight at the Thomas & Mack Center on September 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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According to the Twitter account of middleweight king Sergio Martinez, he could be back in the ring sooner than was originally thought. Earlier today Sergio tweeted the following message: 

Sergio Martínez ‏@maravillabox

On November 12, right knee arthroscopy, two weeks of rehabilitation and hopefully be perfect for the end of November. 

This is certainly good news for fans of the Argentine superstar who lives part-time in Spain. In his most recent outing—a one-sided 12-round drubbing of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.—Martinez fractured his left hand and tore ligaments in his right knee, according to various reports after the fight.  

Sergio Martínez ‏@maravillabox

We are happy with the medical findings, everything will be faster than expected. I need the gym.

At 37, Martinez will certainly need to get back in the ring as soon as possible if he wants to cash in on his newfound superstardom. 

While some heavyweights and the seemingly ageless Bernard Hopkins have been able to fight well into their 40’s, a fighter like Martinez whose whole style is based on speed likely only has a short time left at the top of the sport. 

With Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s future still up in the air after a second failed drug test following their recent fight, Martinez may want to look for another option for the first quarter of 2013. 

Daniel Geale and Gennady Golovkin both hold titles at middleweight, but neither is a known commodity outside of hardcore boxing fans. The best option could be a move to the super middleweight division for a rematch with Kelly Pavlik, who is still a big name in the sport and would generate more pay-per-view buys.