Sergio Martinez celebrates his win over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (Getty Images)
Sergio Martinez has always fought all comers. And even though he's injured and unlikely to fight until sometime in early 2014, the WBC middleweight champion is still willing to do so.
After Gennady Golovkin's sensational knockout victory over Matthew Macklin on Saturday in Mashantucket, Conn., Martinez promoter Lou DiBella said he wasn't eager to put the star of his stable in with Golovkin.
"[Martinez] is not going to come off a 14-month layoff and fight this animal," DiBella said Saturday night.
But DiBella received a call from Martinez on Monday, and he told the promoter he wanted a match with Golovkin when he's able.
"Sergio called me and said, 'I have never ducked anyone in my career and I'm not going to duck anyone now,' " DiBella said.
DiBella said Martinez is expected to be prepared in the first half of 2014, though there is nothing firm. DiBella said he wouldn't guarantee that he'd make Golovkin the first opponent upon Martinez's return.
At least Martinez, though, is willing to take on all comers.
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