Julio Cesar Martinez defends title in Mexico

Julio Cesar Martinez was successful in his defense of the WBC flyweight title, as he stopped Joel Cordova in six rounds at the Dome Alcalde – CODE Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico Saturday night.

Martinez (18-1 14 KOs) had a pretty rough start as Cordova was able to land counter right hands in the first couple rounds of the bout. Cordova also took punches well early on as Martinez landed combinations to the head. In the second round, Cordova threw multiple right hand leads that gave Martinez some issues before Martinez was more successful on offense in the third round. He walked forward and landed multiple power shots in the fourth before rocking Cordova with a left hook in the fifth round that sent him to the ropes. While Martinez increased the pressure on the challenger, Cordova got through the round.

Early in the sixth round Martinez backed Cordova to the ropes with jabs before landing a couple of left hooks to put Cordova to the canvas. It took a few seconds for Cordova to get up, but when the fight resumed Martinez threw a series of hooks that Cordova was not able to respond to before the referee stepped in.

It was the third successful defense of the title for Martinez, and with the win he has plans for the near future.

“I am grateful with the team and we’re aiming to stay at Flyweight and unify the titles,” said Martinez. “I want to unify next.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom believes that can happen as he views Martinez as the most exciting fighter in the division.

“I believe JCM is the best 112lb fighter in the world,” Hearn said. “I think this kid is a superstar, Eddy Reynoso is behind him, we’re behind him, this kid is going all the way. You don’t see KOs in the lighter divisions, but you do with him.”

For Martinez, the objective is to unify at the flyweight division against the likes of Sunny Edwards, Junto Nakatani, or Artem Dalakian. There is more for him on the horizon if he is successful in unifying the titles but for now getting back in the ring in September is their goal.

FIGHT CARD NOTES: Daniel Matellon won by unanimous decision over Jose Argumedo to retain the interim WBA World Flyweight title with 2 scores of 115-113 and a score of 117-111. An early clash of heads caused a cut on Argumedo’s left eye and then he suffered more cuts on the right eye and forehead, but he pressed on over the course of the bout. Matellon was more accurate over the course of 12 rounds to score the victory.

Christian Alan Gomez Duran and Jorge Perez Sanchez battled to a good fight, but Duran was victorious via ninth round knockout to post a record of 20-2-1 and his 18th knockout victory of his career. He sent Sanchez to the canvas in the second round but Sanchez responded with success in the third and fourth round. The fifth round was when Duran found the punch that Sanchez got affected by the most which was the left hook to the body, and while Sanchez tried to bounce back he was eventually stopped by a right uppercut with 59 seconds left in the ninth.

Diego Pacheco remains undefeated as he stopped Jesus Moroyoqui in six rounds, using his jab to open up power shots in the fourth and fifth rounds before getting the TKO in the sixth. Gabriel Valenzuela, who beat Robbie Davies Jr in London in February, registered his 24th win of his career over Juan Ocura by TKO. An uppercut in the third round floored Ocura and he got up and fought valiantly before getting stopped in the seventh round.

Cover Photo by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

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