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Martinez to face Calleros on Friday


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Martinez to face Calleros on Friday

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Martinez to face Calleros on Friday

Julio Cesar Martinez will now defend his WBC World Flyweight title against Moises Calleros on Friday, October 23 at Azteca Studios in Mexico City, live on DAZN.

Martinez (16-1 12 KOs) makes the second defense of his crown and his first on home soil, having defeated Jay Harris in Dallas in February. The 25-year-old was due to face fellow countryman Maximino Flores but the IBO champion returned a positive test for COVID-19 and will be unable to challenge for Martinez’s green and gold strap.

Calleros (33-9-1 17 KOs) now has a golden opportunity to change his career overnight in Flores’ place. The 31-year-old landed the WBO NABO title at 112lbs last September and fights for World honors for the second time in his career having traveled to Japan in March 2018 to challenge WBO champion, Ryuya Yamanaka.

The switch to Moises Calleros on Friday night is because IBO champ Maximino Flores returned a positive COVID-19 test.

Martinez’s clash with Calleros is part of a World title triple-header in Mexico at the TV Azteca Studios.

Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3 27 KOs) will defend his WBC and Ring Magazine World Super-Flyweight titles in a rematch with Carlos Cuadras (39-3-1 27 KOs) and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (49-2 41 KOs) defends his WBA World Super-Flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez  (25-3 11 KOs) – with Estrada and Chocolatito on a collision course for a rematch should they both emerge victoriously.

Three of Eddie Hearn’s young trios make their return to action on the bill, with Diego Pacheco (9-0 7 KOs) boxing for the tenth time in the paid ranks, Austin Williams (5-0 4 KOs) making a second foray outside the States in his sixth pro fight and Otha Jones III (5-0 2 KOs) also boxing for the sixth time as a pro.

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