Julio Cesar Martinez
|Julio Cesar Martinez|
|Real name||Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar|
|Height||5 ft 2 in (157 cm)|
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Born||27 January 1995|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Wins by KO||14|
Martinez made his professional debut against Joaquin Cruz on October 16, 2015. He lost the fight by a split decision. He would go on to amass a 13-1 record over the course of his next 13 fights.
Martinez was scheduled to fight Andrew Selby on March 23, 2019, in a WBC Flyweight title eliminator to determine the next mandatory challenger. Martinez won the fight by a fifth-round knockout, handing Selby the first loss of his professional career. Selby had a great start to the fight, before a clash of heads in the third round cut him along his left eyebrow, for which Martinez was deducted a point. Martinez enjoyed more success from the third round onward, knocking Selby down with a liver shot 57 seconds into the fifth round.
WBC Flyweight champion
Martinez vs. Edwards
As Martinez had secured his position as the mandatory WBC flyweight title challenger with the fifth-round knockout of Andrew Selby, WBC ordered the reigning flyweight world champion Charlie Edwards to defend his title against Martinez. They were later given a weeklong extension from the sanctioning body to come to terms as regards the purse and venue. The two parties avoided going to a purse bid, agreeing to fight at the The O2 Arena in London, on the Lomachenko vs Campbell undercard, on August 31, 2019.
In the third round of the fight, Martinez landed a combination of punches which staggered the champion, forcing him to take a knee. As he did so, Martinez landed a heavy body shot that completely took Edwards out of the fight. Referee Mark Lyson stopped the bout, while WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman reviewed the fight ending sequence. Sulaiman found the fight ending shot to have landed egregiously late, officially overturning the fight to a no-contest.
During the post-fight interview, Edwards stated: "This is the right decision. I took a knee for a purpose...We get in this ring to abide by the rules". WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said he had ordered a rematch, to which Edwards acquiesced. Edwards' manager Eddie Hearn was elusive as to the rematch, however, claiming that they planned to move up to super flyweight. Edwards officially vacated his WBC Flyweight title on October 6, 2019.
Martinez vs. Rosales
Following former WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards’ decision to vacate the title and move to super flyweight, WBC scheduled the #1 ranked Martinez to fight the #2 ranked Cristofer Rosales for the vacant WBC Flyweight championship. Martinez was scheduled to fight the former WBC flyweight titlist on December 20, 2019, on the undercard of the Super-Middleweight fight between Daniel Jacobs and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
In November 2019, it was revealed that Martinez had tested positive Clenbuterol, a banned substance. WBC decided not to punish him, as the amount of the muscle-forming drug found in his system wasn't deemed sufficient to register any in-competition benefit. Martinez won the fight with Rosales by a ninth-round technical knockout. Martinez took over the fight in the third round, after two competitive back-and-forth rounds, battering the exhausted former champion until referee Raul Caiz stopped the fight.
Martinez vs. Harris
Martinez was scheduled to make his first title defense against Jay Harris, on February 29, 2020. It was scheduled for the undercard of he Mikey Garcia-Jessie Vargas welterweight fight. Martinez was the favorite heading into the bout, with Harris being a 7/1 underdog. Martinez pressured throughout the first half of the fight, with his pace slowing from the eight round onward. Harris suffered a cut above his left eye in the second round, and was knocked down in the tenth round. Martinez won the fight by unanimous decision, with varied scorecards of 118-109, 116-111, and 115-112.
Martinez vs. Calleros
Martinez was scheduled to make his second title defense against Maximino Flores on October 23, 2020. Four days before the fight, Flores announced his withdrawal from the bout due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Accordingly, Martinez was rescheduled to defend his title against Moisés Calleros. Calleros accepted the fight on less than one week’s notice. Due to the short notice, he was unable to cut weight properly, and weighed in at 117.4 pounds, 5.4 pounds over the title limit. Martinez won the fight by a second-round technical knockdown. He staggered Calleros with a left hook-right straight combination, before unloading with numerous power punches, which forced the referee Cesar Castanon to stop the fight at the 2:42 minute mark. During the post fight interview, Martinez stated his desire to fight fellow titleholder Artem Dalakian and Moruti Mthalane in a title unification bouts, before moving up to super flyweight.
Martinez vs. Cordova
Martinez was scheduled to defend his title for the third time against the former unified minimumweight world champion Francisco Rodríguez Jr. on December 19, 2020, on the Canelo Álvarez and Callum Smith undercard. Rodríguez Jr. later withdrew from the bout, due to a non-COVID related illness. Martinez was expected to defend his title against McWilliams Arroyo on February 27, 2021. The fight was scheduled as the co-main event to Canelo Álvarez's super middleweight fight with Avni Yıldırım. Martinez withdrew from the fight the day before, due to a hand injury. He suffered a small fracture in his right hand during a sparring session, which was aggravated during the week preceding the fight, causing his hand to swell.
Martinez was scheduled to make his third title defense against Joel Cordova on June 26, 2021. He won the fight by a sixth-round technical knockout. Marzinez first knocked Cordova down with a left hook and piled on strikes which forced the referee to stop the fight.
Martinez vs. Arroyo
On October 4, 2021, it was revealed that Martinez would face the WBC interim flyweight titleholder McWilliams Arroyo on November 19, 2021, on the undercard of the Demetrius Andrade and Jason Quigley middleweight title fight. The bout would be streamed by DAZN from the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The pair was originally scheduled to face each other on February 27, 2021, before Martinez withdrew due to a hand injury.
Professional boxing record
|20 fights||18 wins||1 loss|
|21||N/A||N/A||McWilliams Arroyo||N/A||– (12)||19 Nov 2021||SNHU Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S.||Defending WBC flyweight title|
|Joel Cordova||TKO||6 (12), 0:59||26 Jun 2021||Domo Alcade, Gigantes de Jalisco Arena, Guadalajara, Mexico||Retained WBC flyweight title|
|Moisés Calleros||TKO||2 (12), 2:42||23 Oct 2020||Gimnasio TV Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Retained WBC flyweight title|
|Jay Harris||UD||12||29 Feb 2020||The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC flyweight title|
|Cristofer Rosales||TKO||9 (12), 1:20||20 Dec 2019||Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||Won vacant WBC flyweight title|
|Charlie Edwards||KO||3 (12), 1:43||31 Aug 2019||The O2 Arena, London, England||WBC flyweight title at stake;|
Originally KO win for Martinez, later ruled NC after Edwards hit while he was down
|15||Win||14–1||Andrew Selby||KO||5 (12), 0:57||23 Mar 2019||Centro de Espectáculos del Recinto Ferial, Metepec, Mexico|
|14||Win||13–1||Irvin Ordaz||TKO||1 (8), 1:52||26 Jan 2019||Lienzo Charro, Ciudad Guzman, Mexico|
|13||Win||12–1||Victor Ruiz||KO||1 (8), 1:57||6 Oct 2018||Estadio Chevron, Tijuana, Mexico|
|12||Win||11–1||Juan Lopez Martinez||KO||1 (8), 2:11||11 Aug 2018||Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Mexico|
|11||Win||10–1||Ivan Meneses Flores||TKO||2 (8), 0:23||7 Jul 2018||Domo del Parque San Rafael, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|10||Win||9–1||Jose Armando Valdes||RTD||6 (10), 3:00||23 Feb 2018||Associación Mexico Japonesa, Mexico City, Mexico|
|9||Win||8–1||Martin Tecuapetla||TKO||4 (6), 2:59||16 Dec 2017||Domo Sindicato de Trabajadores IMSS, Tlalpan, Mexico|
|8||Win||7–1||Marvin Diaz||TKO||1 (10), 2:47||7 Oct 2017||Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico|
|7||Win||6–1||Édgar Sosa||UD||8||17 Jun 2017||Explanada Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico|
|6||Win||5–1||Hugo Hernandez Aguilar||UD||8||1 Oct 2016||Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Mexico City, Mexico|
|5||Win||4–1||Joaquin Cruz||MD||8||13 Aug 2016||Arena Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico|
|4||Win||3–1||Israel Izquierdo||TKO||1 (6), 1:02||9 Jul 2016||Arena Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico|
|3||Win||2–1||Leonardo Baez||TKO||2 (6), 1:20||2 Apr 2016||Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Mexico|
|2||Win||1–1||Sergio Granados||TKO||2 (4), 2:24||3 Mar 2016||Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Mexico|
|1||Loss||0–1||Joaquin Cruz||SD||4||16 Oct 2015||Auditorio Pablo Colín, Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico|
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