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Julio Cesar Martinez: ‘I’d prefer to return to 112 kilos and struggle Sunny Edwards’

Julio Cesar Martinez tells Thomas Gerbasi that he has unfinished enterprise with the González and Edwards households

JULIO CESAR MARTINEZ was like lots of his friends rising up within the Mexico City borough of Azcapotzalco, in that he appreciated to scrap from an early age. Quite a bit. That doesn’t bode properly for someday changing into a health care provider or a lawyer, however then once more, that was by no means the aim.

“I didn’t like school that much,” Martinez mentioned by translator Gabe Rivas. “I was good, but they would often kick me out because I liked getting in fights, but thanks to the support of my father, we’re here and we’re achieving things.”

Not physician or lawyer issues, however issues within the prize ring that earned him the WBC strap within the flyweight division and which have him one win over future Hall of Famer Román “Chocolatito” González this weekend from actually establishing himself as one in all boxing’s new breed of stars.
Some issues haven’t modified for the 27-year-old, although, primarily his love of the struggle. That’s made him in style amongst followers however does are inclined to make his workforce lose some hair each time he places defence and sense apart to brawl. It’s a problem he’s engaged on.

“We are controlling that a bit more,” mentioned the Eddy Reynoso-trained Martinez. “We have those impulses to fight. Sometimes you run into big dudes who think they can take advantage of you, but nah, not at all – we don’t let it help them.”

Martinez chuckles, giving the distinct impression that if introduced with a struggle at light-weight, he wouldn’t hesitate to toe the road. Thankfully, the 112-pounder gained’t have to try this towards González, however he will probably be shifting as much as the tremendous flyweight division for a conflict that grew to become a actuality when his countryman Juan Francisco Estrada was compelled from a extremely anticipated third assembly with “Chocolatito” as a consequence of COVID-19. And although it gained’t be a everlasting transfer but, Martinez does count on to return after caring for some unfinished enterprise at 112 kilos, which features a showdown with closest rival, Sunny Edwards.

“I’d like to return to 112 pounds and fight against Sunny Edwards and unify the belts with him,” he mentioned. “That way, when I move back to super flyweight, I’d, at a minimum, have those two belts and move up as the unified champion and then I can fight Estrada, [Srisaket] Sor Rungvisai, whoever’s there, and make sure my hand is raised. And I’m ready for those challenges.”

Unbeaten in 20 fights (18 wins and two no contests) since a cut up determination loss to Joaquin Cruz in his professional debut in 2015, Martinez was actually able to reply the quick discover name to battle one of many fashionable fighters worthy of the overused time period ‘legend’. Martinez doesn’t doubt the Nicaraguan’s CV for a minute, but he additionally didn’t hesitate to simply accept a struggle with the 34-year-old.

“I was motivated and excited,” he mentioned of his response to getting the decision to face González. “I felt really positive about taking this fight and happy that I’m finally taking on these big challenges and these big fights.”

But did he surprise why González wished to struggle him? Is it as a result of he was a strong alternative for Estrada and a authentic identify, or is González searching for to get a bit payback for the household, contemplating that his cousin Cristofer Rosales was halted by Martinez in 9 rounds again in 2019?
“I did know about it [that Rosales and González are related] because we had shared cards on two occasions, and I talked about it with his uncle,” mentioned Martinez. “They knew about his cousin, but more than anything, I don’t know why he chose me. I don’t know too much about that deal, but I want to thank him. I accepted and I think it’s a great opportunity and I appreciate it.”

In different phrases, it’s all enterprise on Saturday evening at Pechanga Arena in San Diego. As for one more household affair Martinez is in the course of – a potential bout with Edwards, whose brother Charlie engaged in a no contest with “El Rey” within the O2 Arena in 2019 – that one is perhaps a bit extra private, contemplating that the bout ended with Martinez tagging a downed Edwards with a physique shot that rendered the then-WBC belt-holder unable to proceed.

“It looks like they [González and Sunny Edwards] want to remove the thorn from their side,” mentioned Martinez. “They want to do this for their respective family members, and we want those two fights to leave things clear, and I can assure you that they will be wars.”

Since the Edwards bout, Martinez picked up the title vacated by the Brit together with his win over Rosales, and three clear-cut victories over Jay Harris, Moisés Calleros and Joel Cordova adopted earlier than one other controversial outing in his most up-to-date bout towards McWilliams Arroyo final November.
In that conflict on the Demetrius Andrade-Jason Quigley card in New Hampshire, each fighters hit the deck within the opening stanza and Martinez despatched Arroyo down a second time in spherical two earlier than a conflict of heads left the Puerto Rican unable to proceed. Call it an anti-climactic end, nevertheless it was a profitable title defence nonetheless. Now he preps for the most important struggle of his younger profession with a couple of additional kilos to play with.

“Those three pounds are real good ones,” Martinez mentioned. “I’m prepared to move up and be stronger, having eaten better. We do struggle a bit, and this won’t be an exception, but we won’t struggle as much. And thank God with the opponent we have. We know he’s good and we’re going to be ready to leave everything in the ring.”

Maybe that’s why Martinez was chosen, as a result of like González-Estrada, motion is assured. That would make some fighters apprehensive, understanding that they could must swim in deep, shark-infested waters to chase victory. Not Martinez. He’s been doing this since he was a child in Mexico City.

“Like always, we don’t prepare at a hundred per cent; we prepare a thousand per cent because we have a tough fighter in front of us,” he mentioned. “We know we’ve got a tricky struggle, he’s an idol, he’s an important fighter, and he’s a boxer who has lots of expertise. And we by no means underestimate our opponents. We skilled carefully and we’re gonna work in order that we’re in a position to go away no doubts within the ring.

“It’s all about the pride, the desire, the motivation to be recognised as a legend like Roman González,” Martinez concludes. “To have that kind of a name, the emblem of an idol, a legend, that’s what motivates us.”

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