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Julio Cesar Martinez defends WBC flyweight title towards Francisco Rodriguez on Canelo-Smith card

Julio Cesar Martinez defends WBC flyweight title towards Francisco Rodriguez on Canelo-Smith card

Julio Cesar Martinez overwhelmed Moises Calleros. photograph by means of Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
through Francisco Salazar

Francisco Rodriguez will problem WBC flyweight titleholder Julio Cesar Martinez in an all-Mexico combat on December 19, promoter Oswaldo Kuchle told The Ring late Monday night.

The 12-circular bout will take place on the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and may precede the leading experience bout between Canelo Alvarez and Ring magazine champion Callum Smith.

each fights may be streamed are living on DAZN.

Rodriguez (33-four-1, 24 knockouts), who resides in Monterrey, Mexico, has now not fought because November 30 of remaining year, stopping Jose Maria Cardenas in round 6. 

on the grounds that dropping again-to-back fights to then-WBO junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes and countryman Moises Fuentes in 2015, Rodriguez has in the main campaigned at a hundred and fifteen pounds. He has displayed greater aggression and power in profitable his remaining 14 bouts, together with eleven by way of knockout.

despite currently being ranked No. 7 by means of The Ring at junior bantamweight, Kuchle believes Rodriguez can not simplest make 112 kilos however can pull off the upset win over Martinez.

“It’s a great combat, which we simply finalized,” referred to Kuchle, who runs Promotions del Pueblo. “we are very assured in (Rodriguez to win).”

The 27-12 months-ancient Rodriguez became the WBO strawweight titleholder in March 2014 by means of stopping Merlito Sabillo of the Philippines. less than 5 months later, in a unification battle, Rodriguez defeated Japan’s Katsunari Takayama through unanimous resolution so as to add the IBF world title at 105 kilos. 

Martinez (17-1 1 NC, 13 KOs) became scheduled to guard his WBC title in opposition t McWilliams Arroyo of Puerto Rico on August 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, however had to withdraw from the combat, reportedly because of a throat infection.

In his last bout on October 23, Martinez, who is ranked No. three by way of The Ring, stopped late-sub Moises Calleros in round 2 in his place of origin of Mexico city. 

The 25-yr-ancient Martinez is educated by Eddy Reynoso, who also trains Alvarez, heavyweight prospect Frank Sanchez, WBC junior featherweight titleholder Luis Nery, and unbeaten light-weight Ryan Garcia. 

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring considering October of 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) superstar newspaper. He may also be reached via email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing