ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez studies that WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar “El Rey” Martinez (17-1, 13 KO) will make his return towards countryman Joel Cordova (12-4-2, 3 KO) in Mexico Metropolis on June 26. Martinez withdrew from three fights since August of final yr, together with two towards obligatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo.
Arroyo (21-4, 16 KO) requested a voluntary defence of the interim belt he received in February, which leaves Martinez to make considered one of his personal towards Cordova. For what it’s value, Cordova is unbeaten in his final 9 (7-0-2), and considered one of his earlier losses got here towards Mauricio Lara.
But when Martinez’ well being issues are resolved, he ought to roll by means of this one and set himself up for some thrilling matchups within the close to future.
A unification bout between WBA champion Artem Dalakian and WBO titleist Junto Nakatani is reportedly underneath dialogue, and newly minted IBF champion Sunny Edwards is coming off a stellar efficiency towards Moruti Mthalane. Add to that the Jay Harris-Ricardo Sandoval IBF eliminator and now we have all of the makings of a aggressive division wherein the champions are incentivized to combat one another.