A dream got here true for Julio Cesar Martinez when he gained his flyweight title.
Far an excessive amount of of his reign, nonetheless, has confirmed to be a nightmare.
The streaking WBC flyweight champion is lastly prepared for his first battle in 2021, trying the third protection of his title in opposition to fellow compatriot and befriended rival Joel Cordova. The couple from Mexico Metropolis collided stay on DAZN from the Enviornment Alcalde in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday night.
The occasion is the primary in a brand new four-part collection to be held in Mexico in a partnership between Eddie Hearns Matchroom Boxing and Canelo Promotions.
“I’m honored to be headlining the primary map of this deal,” Martinez informed BoxingScene.com. “I am solely right here to battle and ensure I do not let anybody down.”
It has been a humbling 12 months for Martinez (17-1, 13KOs; 1NC), who has suffered from three canceled battle dates since final August. An sickness compelled the hard-hitting champion to finish a deliberate title protection in opposition to McWilliams Arroyo to conduct a DAZN present in Tulsa on August 15. Martinez fell unwell once more earlier than a collision along with his compatriot Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez on 19.
Martinez made it to the ultimate pre-bout press convention earlier than retiring from his February 27-postponed title bout with Arroyo. The battle was supposed to function major assist for Alvarez’s third-round failure of Avni Yildirim just because a critical hand harm pushed Martinez off the star-studded present in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Martinez is totally wholesome and able to resume his WBC flyweight title reign that dates again to his December 2019 knockout win in opposition to former champion Cristofer Rosales. A part of the therapeutic course of happened in his personal interior circle, which incorporates Alvarez and extremely regarded head coach Eddy Reynoso.
“Canelo all the time informed me that I can go so far as I would like. However I’ve to need to, ”says Martinez, who has been out of the ring in his hometown of Mexico Metropolis since Moises Calleros knocked out the final 16 final October. “It’s extremely inspiring to be with Canelo and watch him work as exhausting as he does and attain all the things in his profession.
“He’s there for us to share his knowledge and to ask the most effective of everybody round him, regardless of all of the pressures round him. I exploit it as inspiration and hope to observe in his footsteps sooner or later. “
Subsequent up on this journey is his title protection in opposition to Cordova (12-4-2, 3KOs), the primary battle in what is going to hopefully be a extra energetic marketing campaign in 2021. There’s the potential to sooner or later achieve weight and turn into a multi-division champion – however not earlier than he reaches his full potential in a division during which he’s presently thought-about the most effective.
“I need to check myself to show that I am the most effective,” Martinez vows. “I can not wait to get along with the opposite champions. Eddy and I talked about beating everybody on the flyweight and turning into the undisputed champion.
“I need to win as many titles as attainable and make everybody proud.”
Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox