By Jon Uddin✏
Providing fireworks to what was otherwise an underwhelming card at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, 🇲🇽Julio Cesar Martinez (15-1-0, 12KO) stopped 🇳🇮Cristofer Rosales (29-5-0, 20KO) in the ninth round Friday night to win the WBC Flyweight Title…and this time he actually leaves with the belt.
There was no late punch. No reviews. No overturning of the result. Martinez broke down and busted Rosales up over the course of nine rounds to capture the coveted hardware that slipped through his hands back in August.
Rosales brought plenty of fight to the ring, but the 23 year old from Nicaragua would soon learn first hand what both Andrew Selby and former WBC champion Charlie Edwards previously had, and that’s that the 5’2″ Martinez will force you to find a gear to match his round after round. The small battles Rosales won early on made for great action, but couldn’t be sustained and didn’t get the job done in the end, as the 24 year old from Mexico City would win the war with his constant onslaught that seems to move at a supersonic rate of speed and comes with thudding body shots as well.
If you didn’t know better you’d think some one had hit the fast forward button on the fight during some of the back and forth exchanges the two had.
Beating Rosales, and taking home the WBC strap finishes off a strong year for Martinez. The win over Andrew Selby put him in line for the title shot, and although it ended in a no contest, the performance put everyone on notice that he had arrived. Now heading into 2020 he has put his name along side the other Champions at Flyweight and with him being nothing short of an entertaining action fighter, the talks of unification matchups can begin.