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Julio Cesar Martinez vs. Francisco Rodriguez Jr. postponed due non-COVID linked illnesses

Julio Cesar Martinez vs. Francisco Rodriguez Jr. postponed due non-COVID related diseases

Julio Cesar Martinez (left) overwhelmed Moises Calleros. photo via Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing
with the aid of Francisco Salazar

The 12-round bout between WBC flyweight titleholder Julio Cesar Martinez and challenger Francisco Rodriguez on December 19 has been postponed, Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The combat was to precede the leading adventure bout between The Ring journal middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and The Ring magazine tremendous middleweight champion Callum Smith, on the way to take vicinity at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. DAZN will flow the battle reside.

Matchroom Boxing additionally announced middleweight prospect Diego Pacheco was also off the cardboard. The unbeaten Pacheco was scheduled to combat Rodolfo Gomez Jr. in a six-circular bout.

No certain purpose was given as to why each Martinez and Rodriguez have been pulled off the card. Matchroom Boxing handiest brought up both have been eliminated “because of a non-COVID linked ailment in both instances.”

The all-Mexico clash between Martinez and Rodriguez turned into particularly predicted via combat fanatics given their aggressive, all-motion patterns.

Martinez (17-1, 13 knockouts), who resides in Mexico city, was scheduled to make the third defense of the WBC title he gained closing December 20, stopping Cristofer Rosales, of Nicaragua, in circular 9. In his most fresh bout on October 23, Martinez stopped late sub Moises Calleros in round 2.

The December 19 bout became no longer the primary time this yr Martinez had to withdraw from a battle. He became scheduled to defend his WBC title against McWilliams Arroyo of Puerto Rico on August 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but had to pull out, reportedly due to a throat an infection.

Martinez is ranked No. three by means of The Ring at 112 kilos and is knowledgeable through Eddy Reynoso, who additionally trains Alvarez and heavyweight prospect Frank Sanchez. The latter will also seem on the cardboard in a 10-round bout against Julian Fernandez.

Rodriguez (33-4-1, 24 KOs), who resides in Monterrey, Mexico, most these days fought on November 30 of final year, stopping Jose Cardenas in circular 6.

in view that dropping returned-to-back fights to then-WBO junior flyweight titleholder Donnie Nietes and countryman Moises Fuentes in 2015, Rodriguez has primarily campaigned at one hundred fifteen pounds. He has displayed greater aggression and power in winning his last 14 bouts, including eleven by way of knockout.

The 27-yr-historic Rodriguez, who is ranked No. 7 by using The Ring at 115 kilos, is promoted with the aid of Promociones Del Pueblo.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring on account that October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and overseas for the reason that 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) superstar newspaper. He may also be reached with the aid of e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing.

Julio Cesar Martinez batters overmatched Moises Calleros to 2nd circular stoppage

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