Julio Cesar Martinez

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Julio Cesar Martinez
Real nameJulio Cesar Martinez Aguilar
Nickname(s)El Rey
Height5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
Reach63 in (160 cm)
Born (1995-01-27) 27 January 1995 (age 26)
Mexico City, Mexico
Boxing record
Total fights21
Wins by KO14
No contests2

Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar (born 27 January 1995) is a Mexican professional boxer who has held the WBC flyweight title since 2019.

As of June 2021, Martinez is ranked as the #1 flyweight boxer in the world by BoxRec,[1] The Ring[2] and TBRB,[3] while ESPN ranks him as the #2 flyweight in the world.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[5]

Martinez was scheduled to fight Andrew Selby on March 23, 2019, in a WBC Flyweight title eliminator to determine the next mandatory challenger.[6] 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.[7]

WBC Flyweight champion[edit]

Martinez vs. Edwards[edit]

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.[8] They were later given a weeklong extension from the sanctioning body to come to terms as regards the purse and venue.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] Edwards' manager Eddie Hearn was elusive as to the rematch, however, claiming that they planned to move up to super flyweight.[13] Edwards officially vacated his WBC Flyweight title on October 6, 2019.[14]

Martinez vs. Rosales[edit]

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

Martinez vs. Harris[edit]

Martinez was scheduled to make his first title defense against Jay Harris, on February 29, 2020. It was scheduled for the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Jessie Vargas welterweight fight.[19] Martinez was the favorite heading into the bout, with Harris being a 7/1 underdog.[20] 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.[21]

Martinez vs. Calleros[edit]

Martinez was scheduled to make his second title defense against Maximino Flores on October 23, 2020.[22] Four days before the fight, Flores announced his withdrawal from the bout due to a positive COVID-19 test.[23] Accordingly, Martinez was rescheduled to defend his title against Moisés Calleros. Calleros accepted the fight on less than one week’s notice.[24] 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.[25][26]

Martinez vs. Cordova[edit]

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.[27] Rodríguez Jr. later withdrew from the bout, due to a non-COVID related illness.[28] 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.[29] 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.[30] Martinez was scheduled to make his third title defense against Joel Cordova on June 26, 2021.[31] 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.[32]

Martinez vs. Arroyo[edit]

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.[33] The pair was originally scheduled to face each other on February 27, 2021, before Martinez withdrew due to a hand injury.[30] The fight was ruled a no-contest at the end of the second round, due to an accidental clash of heads which caused cut above Arroyo's right. The fight was stopped after Arroyo told the ringside physician that he was unable to see out of the damaged eye.[34]

Martinez vs. Gonzalez[edit]

On January 25, 2022, it was announced that Martinez would faced the former four-weight world champion Román González in the main event of a DAZN broadcast card on March 5, 2022. Martinez stepped in as a short notice replacement for Juan Francisco Estrada, who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a positive COVID-19 test.[35]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
21 fights 18 wins 1 loss
By knockout 14 0
By decision 4 1
No contests 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
22 N/A N/A Nicaragua Román González N/A - (12) 5 Mar 2022 United States Pechanga Arena, San Diego, California, U.S.
21 NC 18–1
Puerto Rico McWilliams Arroyo NC 3 (12), 0:01 19 Nov 2021 United States SNHU Arena, Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. Retained WBC flyweight title;
Arroyo unable to continue after accidental head clash
20 Win 18–1
Mexico Joel Cordova TKO 6 (12), 0:59 26 Jun 2021 Mexico Arena Alcalde, Guadalajara, Mexico Retained WBC flyweight title
19 Win 17–1
Mexico Moisés Calleros TKO 2 (12), 2:42 23 Oct 2020 Mexico Gimnasio TV Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico Retained WBC flyweight title
18 Win 16–1
United Kingdom Jay Harris UD 12 29 Feb 2020 United States The Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, U.S. Retained WBC flyweight title
16 Win 15–1
Nicaragua Cristofer Rosales TKO 9 (12), 1:20 20 Dec 2019 United States Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. Won vacant WBC flyweight title
16 NC 14–1
United Kingdom Charlie Edwards KO 3 (12), 1:43 31 Aug 2019 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England WBC flyweight title at stake;
Originally a KO win for Martinez, later ruled a NC after Edwards hit while he was down
15 Win 14–1 United Kingdom Andrew Selby KO 5 (12), 0:57 23 Mar 2019 Mexico Centro de Espectáculos del Recinto Ferial, Metepec, Mexico
14 Win 13–1 Mexico Irvin Ordaz TKO 1 (8), 1:52 26 Jan 2019 Mexico Lienzo Charro, Ciudad Guzman, Mexico
13 Win 12–1 Mexico Victor Ruiz KO 1 (8), 1:57 6 Oct 2018 Mexico Estadio Chevron, Tijuana, Mexico
12 Win 11–1 Mexico Juan Lopez Martinez KO 1 (8), 2:11 11 Aug 2018 Mexico Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Mexico
11 Win 10–1 Mexico Ivan Meneses Flores TKO 2 (8), 0:23 7 Jul 2018 Mexico Domo del Parque San Rafael, Guadalajara, Mexico
10 Win 9–1 Mexico Jose Armando Valdes RTD 6 (10), 3:00 23 Feb 2018 Mexico Associación Mexico Japonesa, Mexico City, Mexico
9 Win 8–1 Mexico Martin Tecuapetla TKO 4 (6), 2:59 16 Dec 2017 Mexico Domo Sindicato de Trabajadores IMSS, Tlalpan, Mexico
8 Win 7–1 Mexico Marvin Diaz TKO 1 (10), 2:47 7 Oct 2017 Mexico Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico
7 Win 6–1 Mexico Édgar Sosa UD 8 17 Jun 2017 Mexico Explanada Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City, Mexico
6 Win 5–1 Mexico Hugo Hernandez Aguilar UD 8 1 Oct 2016 Mexico Deportivo Plan Sexenal, Mexico City, Mexico
5 Win 4–1 Mexico Joaquin Cruz MD 8 13 Aug 2016 Mexico Arena Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
4 Win 3–1 Mexico Israel Izquierdo TKO 1 (6), 1:02 9 Jul 2016 Mexico Arena Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico
3 Win 2–1 Mexico Leonardo Baez TKO 2 (6), 1:20 2 Apr 2016 Mexico Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Mexico
2 Win 1–1 Mexico Sergio Granados TKO 2 (4), 2:24 3 Mar 2016 Mexico Auditorio Blackberry, Mexico City, Mexico
1 Loss 0–1 Mexico Joaquin Cruz SD 4 16 Oct 2015 Mexico Auditorio Pablo Colín, Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico

See also[edit]


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Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Charlie Edwards
WBC flyweight champion
20 December 2019 – present