RING and WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is the subject of a documentary that covers much of his career, starting from his days as an amateur through his victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., according to his advisors, Nathan Lewkowicz, and his father, Sampson Lewkowicz.
“I saw a copy of it last night. It’s like an hour and 20 minutes long. It just shows where he started from, how he started out by coming from nothing all the way to being the middleweight champion,” said Nathan Lewkowicz of Martinez, who turns 39 in February. The veteran southpaw met fellow Argentine Pope Francis at the Vatican last month, marking the first time since Muhammad Ali that a boxer has met The Pope.
“It’s actually a pretty good movie,” said Lewkowicz. “I showed it to my mother-in-law, and she hates boxing, and she actually thought that it was a good movie. It’s a film that talks about his struggles, to where he finished up after the Chavez fight. It’s in the Argentine Film Festival, and they’re looking for a distributor. The website for it is MaravillaMovie.com. It’s been submitted to the Tribeca Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Miami Film Festival. I love watching movies, and the guy who directed it [Juan Cadaveira] did a great job.”
Martinez (51-2-2, 28 knockouts), who is promoted by Lou DiBella, had to rise from the canvas during each of his past two unanimous decision victories over Chavez and Martin Murray, while also having suffered injuries as a result of those bouts.
After the Chavez fight, during which he regained the WBC’s belt, Martinez received eight stitches to repair a cut over his left eye, two staples in his head, and suffered from both a broken left hand and torn ligaments in his right knee, the latter of which required surgery to repair.
Martinez required a second surgery after having damaged the knee injury, later determined to be a torn right meniscus, during his triumph over Murray.
Among Martinez’s triumphs is a decision victory over Kelly Pavlik, a stoppage win over current IBF 160-pound beltholder Darren Barker, and knockouts of former titleholders Sergei Dzinziruk and Paul Williams.
“There was a grand premiere in Argentina last week, and it received spectacular reviews,” said Sampson Lewkowicz. “He’s is a true champion.”
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