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Martinez wants 'big fight' at home in Argentina


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez wants to organize a "big fight" in his native Argentina following his victory to claim the belt from Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas last month.

The 37-year-old Martinez isn't sure when the fight might be held and failed to nominate a prospective opponent but said it is a priority, adding that he plans to meet with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez in the next few days.

"One of my dreams is to come back to Argentina and have a big fight," Martinez said Monday. "I said one time it might be the last fight. Maybe not."

Martinez was asked about the possibility of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr, who is 43-0 with 26 knockouts.

"It's difficult to know," Martinez said. "I'm going my own way and if Mayweather shows up, great. For me he is without a doubt the best boxer in the world. To fight the best would be a great opportunity for me."

Martinez, who calls himself "La Maravilla" (The Marvel), also said he has a book coming out entitled in English, "Heart of a King."

He said he will have surgery on Nov. 12 on his left hand, which he broke in the fight against Chavez. Martinez said he expects to start training again in January and would be ready to fight in April.

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