The Mexico vs. Puerto Rico Rivalry Revisited – “El Rey” Julio Cesar Martinez to Defend WBC Title Against McWilliams Arroyo

Reigning WBC World Flyweight Titlist & #2 RING contender 🇲🇽Julio Cesar Martinez (17-1-0, 13KO👊) has quickly become one of the most exciting, explosive fighters in all of boxing. Through a focused lens, his way of operating is a comparable style to that of a young 🇵🇭Manny Pacquiao, fused together with the skill and tenacity of a 🇲🇽Marco Antonio Barrera, creating a whirlwind of problems against other top notch Flyweights on his ascension to the top.

He will face yet again another tough task as he will be facing highly respected challenger 🇵🇷McWilliams Arroyo (20-4-0, 15KO👊). Being 35 years of age, and his fight with Martinez literally being the 11 year anniversary of his pro debut in 2010, this should suggest that Arroyo is a bit long in the tooth, but make no mistake about it, he can still fight, and bring the fight to you.

The last 5 fights, Julio Cesar Martinez has faced the who’s who of the Flyweight division, and eradicated all of them (one fight against 🇬🇧Charlie Edwards was ruled a no-contest for a late shot, but the writing was on the wall). Considering that he defeated Andrew Selby, Cristofer Rosales, Jay Harris, Moises Calleros, and factoring in the manner in HOW he defeated them, Martinez has to be flirting with garnering some P4P top 10 recognition from the outside looking in.

Arroyo’s been out of sight, out of mind for some, considering he’s a quiet guy. As a reminder, he defeated 🇲🇽Carlos Cuadras back in 2018 at Super-Flyweight. He got dominated by the great 🇯🇵Kazuto Ioka in his next fight, but he rebounded with a quality performance to clear Carlos Buitrago. Arroyo comes into his fight with Martinez understanding that he is the underdog, but he has his sights set on obtaining the green belt by any means.

The will feature as the co-feature to the Canelo/Yildirim headliner, and can be seen on 💻DAZN’s streaming application come February 27th.

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