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Julio Cesar Martinez Out Of Saturday’s Bout

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Julio Cesar Martinez Out Of Saturday’s Bout

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Julio Cesar Martinez Out Of Saturday’s Bout

Bad news Thursday as WBC Flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez won’t be in action this Saturday as he had to pull out due to injury.

Keith Idec of Boxingscene tweeted the report that Martinez (17-1,13 Kos, 1 NC) had told the media that he has a hand injury that will keep him from facing mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo (24-4, 15 KOs) on the Canelo Alvarez-Anvi Yildirim undercard. His contest would’ve more than likely been the chief supporting bout leading into Canelo.

This Martinez-Arroyo bout mandated by the WBC has been one that has had its second setback.  We wrote back in August his first one when he had to pull out of their first fight due to illness. That illness was a gastrointestinal issue. That fight was slated to take place on August 15 card that went down in the streets of Tulsa. This also will be the third time in six months for the champion as that stint will include back-to-back Canelo Alvarez cards.

This does also slow down the eventual unification clock for Martinez was talking about as he wanted to move up in weight to challenges the big names at 115.

“There’s no champion in particular that I want to go up against,” Martinez told in a recent. “I want all the champions. Whoever raises their hand first to fight me, I will absolutely fight against. After Arroyo, I want to unify against whomever. I want to get all the belts that I can this year.

“Then I want to move up to super flyweight next year and go up against Estrada, ‘Chocolatito’ and Sor Rungvisai. I want those big challenges, those big fights. There are better names up there. They all moved up to super flyweight, so that’s what I plan to do next year.”

All of that will have to wait as we hope for a speedy return for Martinez.


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