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Martinez Proud to be a Momma’s Boy

Posted on 21. Apr, 2010 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Martinez Proud to be a Momma’s Boy

In the wake of Edwin Valero’s recent murder-suicide, one professional athlete is not afraid to let the world know that he is just a momma’s boy. Newly crowned middleweight champion Sergio Martinez has stepped up to let the masses know that fighting belongs in the ring and not in the home.

Edwin Valero was described by many as being unstable, addicted to drugs, and often times depressed. Perhaps it was these extreme qualities that made him such a warrior in the ring. Riding a wave of emotions is sometimes a way of making it through a fight, even if those emotions are self-destructive. Valero’s demons helped him knockout 27 straight opponents. His demons also made him batter his wife and eventually stab her to death. She was only 24 years-old.

Valero had a well documented history of domestic abuse in his native country. Venezuelan authorities and Valero’s training camp had a well documented history of looking the other way. Rising middleweight boxing star Sergio Martinez says enough is enough.

“I love and respect women. Violence against women is simply unacceptable. The great number of cases, too often involving athletes, requires action. I have always confided in my mother and consider myself to be a momma’s boy. Women must be respected, not abused,” Martinez commented recently. He is making this his cause, using his new found fame as middleweight champion of the world to help deliver this important message.

Sergio Martinez has plans to start a foundation for women who have been victims of domestic abuse. His actions are a breath of fresh air in a brutal sport where athletes mostly lookout for themselves. Martinez’s actions are already creating a positive buzz in the boxing community. Respected promoter Lou DiBella said he would try to work with the Boxing Promoter’s Association to help further the cause.

Realistically speaking, domestic violence is probably a more common problem amongst professional fighters than the public thinks. Competing in professional sports requires a level of aggression that is not easily found in the common person. Sergio Martinez is to be applauded for his efforts to help women affected by this horrible problem. He is not looking the other way this time and the world of boxing would be wise to follow his lead.

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One Response to “Martinez Proud to be a Momma’s Boy”

  1. TomPier 8 May 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    great post as usual!


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