Wednesday, December 8

Sandor Martin, the boxer who breaks boundaries


  • After achieving “the most important victory for a Spaniard in the US”, the Nou Barris fighter dreams of fighting for the world super lightweight title

  • “The image of the problematic boxer was getting tired,” says a fighter who gains fans of the sport with his style inside and outside the ring

At five years Sandor Martin he got into the ring of his father’s gym for the first time, the KO Verdún. And at that age he saw that there was no fight that could not be won. On Christmas Day he discovered that there were no presents, only coal. “Hasn’t he brought you gifts?” Asked his father. “I’m sure this fixed it.” He picked up the phone and called Santa Claus to berate him. “I run out of gifts for life,” Sandor thought, freaked out. “But the next morning the house was full of presents.” Since then there has been no combat that he has not dared to fight. The last one before another name of legend, Mikey Garcia, that he had been world champion in four categories and that until then he had only lost one match. “The pride of Barcelona, ​​Catalonia and Spain,” roared the ‘speaker’ as he raised Sandor’s fist, who had just achieved in California what, in his words, is the “greatest victory of Spanish boxing.”

Sandor is still digesting everything he has experienced since then, from the triumph to the reception in Nou Barris, where people continue to congratulate him on the street. “I come from a humble and working-class neighborhood, but with a lot of pride and heart. Leaving a humble neighborhood can go far in life,” he explains, proud of his roots.

His father, the son of exiles from the Civil War, was born in France. Passionate about history, he named his son Sandor in honor of Alexander the Great and he transmitted his passion for history, poetry and sports. “The first time I competed was when I was five years old. In Spain you cannot until 15, but thanks to the fact that my father has French nationality I was already able to take my first steps in educational boxing, in which basic technique is prioritized and there is a very light contact, without risk “.

“I am a world class boxer, I just needed a chance to prove it and I have done it”

As a teenager, when he was beginning to be successful, Juan, a partner of his father, renamed him ‘Arrasandor’. A prophetic nickname for a boxer who has been accumulating victories (39, by only two losses). Three-time European super lightweight champion gave up defending the title when the opportunity finally came to face a great in the USA. Only Kiko Martinez he had won a great fight on American soil, where they had fallen ‘Poli ‘Díaz, Javi Castillejo, Pedro Carrasco and Alfredo Evangelista, among others. “Along with the triumph of Paulino Uzcudun in view of Max baer In the 30s it is the most important victory for a Spaniard in the US without a doubt. Only 20 boxers had been champions in four categories or more and he was one of them. I am a world class boxer, I just needed a chance to prove it and I have done it. “

“I would give everything in the ring to be the first world champion of Catalonia in its history and give one more World Cup to Spain”

The 28-year-old southpaw who has never been knocked down is confident that he will be given the option of competing for the world super lightweight title next year. “Hopefully, if they give me the opportunity, I would give everything in the ring to be the first world champion of Catalonia in its history and give one more World Cup to Spain.” Is a world champion what is missing to make boxing fashionable again? “I believe that it is already very fashionable, the gyms are full, the events will also increase more the love that there is for boxing. I want to continue adding positively for my sport.”

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“There is no luck here, what you are in the ring you are in life”

Admirer of Muhammad Ali (whom he considers the most important historical figure of the 20th century and whom he puts at the height of Napoleon or Julius Caesar), Sandor gains followers of this sport not only inside but also outside, with the image he projects in interviews like this one or his appearances on Twitch channels such as that of The Fox, whom he trained for the fight organized by Ibai Llanos. “I think that the image of the problematic boxer was getting tired, coming out of drugs and family fights who gets into boxing to improve himself, but when he becomes champion he loses everything and sinks again. That for the movies is very good but real life is something else: it is effort, sacrifice, commitment. It is what we come to represent, that with effort and commitment everything can come. There is no luck here, what you are in the ring you are in life ” .




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