Julio Cesar Martinez Steps In To
Clash With Chocolatito On Mar. 5
Julio Cesar Martinez will face Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez
at the Pechanga Arena San Diego in San Diego, California on
Saturday March 5, live worldwide on DAZN.
Martinez (18-1 14 KOs) moves up to 115lbs and does so
against a legend of the weight in Chocolatito (50-3 41 KOs),
with the Mexican stepping in to replace Juan Francisco
Estrada, who has been forced out of his trilogy clash with
Chocolatito with COVID.
Martinez’s last outing was a trademark all-action shootout
with McWilliams Arroyo in New Hampshire in November, with
both men hitting the canvas in the opening round and
Martinez flooring Arroyo in the second before the contest
was stopped with Arroyo suffering a cut.
The exciting Mexican has spoken freely of his desire to move
up in weight and challenge himself against the cream of the
115lb scene like Chocolatito and Estrada, and opportunity
has knocked loudly for the 26 year old to announce himself
at Super-Flyweight in San Diego and ‘El Rey’ plans to do so
in style against the Nicaraguan star.
“I am thrilled that I am able to move up in weight and fight
the very best straight away,” said Martinez. “Chocolatito is
a living legend and a fighter I have always admired, so to
be fighting him in my first fight at Super-Flyweight is
special – but on the night, it’s going to be war and I am
ready for it.
“I have ambitions to unify the Flyweight division and that
flame still burns, but this fight is so huge for me, and I
did not hesitate to accept it – I promise the fans that I
will put on a show.”
“What a fight!” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Julio has
ambitions to become a pound-for-pound star, and this is what
the greats do – meet huge challenges head on and take them
with both hands. Chocolatito is a modern great and he’s
relishing this test against El Rey – I cannot wait for this
fight and I’m so happy that both men have signed on the
dotted line to deliver this brilliant fight to the fans.”
A stacked undercard sees Mauricio Lara return to action
against Emilio Sanchez, Angel Fierro defends his WBO NABO
Lightweight title against Juan Carlos Burgos, Diego Pacheco
tastes eight round action for the fourth time against Genc
Pllana, Marc Castro is in his sixth pro fight, Anthony
Herrera fights for the second time in the paid ranks and
Australian Skye Nicolson makes her pro debut.