By James Blears
A Green and Gold festivity, or alternately a winter of discontent following a bleak fall, faces vintage Puerto Rican veteran McWilliams Arroyo, against Mexico`s “Mini Marciano” Julio Cesar “Rey” Martinez, on the same card as Canelo Vs Yildirim, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida.
Aged thirty five, McWilliams (20-4, 15 KO`s) is nine years older than the champion. This is his third try for a world title and time is running out to emulate his Twin brother McJoe who was a world champion. McWilliams couldn`t have picked a more daunting Macbeth of a challenge. Rey Martinez tends to be shorter than his opponents, but what he lacks in height, he invariably and intimidatingly makes up for in heavy handed punching power. In that department he doesn`t fall short.
Good things sometimes come in smaller packages. A reporter once told Jack Dempsey that most of his opponents were taller than him. The “Manassa Mauler,” begged to differ, stressing they looked much smaller, once they were flat on their backs!
Not only can Rey dish it up, he can also dish it out, in the hallowed and furrowed tradition of the big punchers! As the late great boxing writer of the London Evening Standard and ITV commentator Reg Gutteridge wryly and drily observed about the less than huge Rocky Marciano: “He may have heaved his punches like cobble stones, but he made every one count!”
Fond of softening up his opponents with an eye watering body attack, before moving in to end the night`s fight, Rey is a ruthlessly efficient KO artist, who possesses the power and the unforgiving relentlessness of a crushing wrecking ball. In the vogue of Joe Frazier, he has that power to demolish the walls of cities and citadels.
Rey`s only defeat was in his career debut against Joaquin Cruz with a close split decision loss. Since then he`s never looked back. He graduated in his seventh fight by defeating Edgar Sosa by UD. Thirteen of his seventeen fights haven`t gone the distance.
Rey who`s from the world famous boxing cradle of Tepito, invariably does altitude training in the chilly climes of the Otomi Ceremonial Center to gain plenty of puff, to translate into oodles of plum mcduff.
He seems to have a penchant for battering Brits. He KO`d Andrew Selby from Wales, then he dropped WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards with an avalanche of blows, but couldn`t hold back his momentum, landing a punch while Charles was down and “Mcfuddled” on the canvass. So, it was declared a no contest and he had to regroup for his WBC title opportunity all over again.
At a WBC press conference in the Rail workers Union Headquarters in the heart of Mexico City, a reporter had asked Charlie, where he was doing his altitude training? Charlie was stumped. That led to chop and then…TIMBER. Charlie was felled.
After wearing down and stopping former champion Cristofer Rosales in nine blistering rounds for the title vacated by Charlie, Julio Cesar went to town on Welshman Jay Harris, who bravely stayed on his feet to lose a UD, after withstanding a fearsome onslaught.
Julio Cesar is as fearless as he is fearsome during the business at hand. He often signs off in press conferences with a carefree laugh promising: “With everything except fear.” It`s not a good omen for his opponents, who often become careworn and then shopworn!
Rey has said and he`s repeated that he wants to become a unified champion, before moving onwards and upwards to the super flyweight division. But he certainly won`t be overlooking McWilliams, who defeated Carlos Cuadras for the WBC Silver super Flyweight title.
Although McWilliams lost a UD to Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez for the WBC flyweight title, he put up a very good account of himself. He also lost to Kazuto Ioka for the WBC Silver super fly belt and Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF flyweight title.
Carlos Buitrago twice dropped him, but McWilliams got up each time and won a UD, successfully defending his WBO Latino flyweight title. In his pro career McWilliams has yet to be stopped. He is a skilled boxer, and he`s durable. His ability to withstand punches will be sorely tested as never before this coming Saturday against a younger, fresher champion, who`s ruthless…aren`t they all?
McWilliams insists he retains the gnawing hunger plus ambition to go all the way, and has worked for this fight as never before. He has had plenty of time to do this, because he didn’t fight at all last year. By contrast last year Rey defeated Harris. He then made quick work of Moises Calleros.
Rey`s boxing sometimes displays a rough edge rudimentary lack of finesse, but he more than makes up for this with awesome chopping block power. McWilliams has the ability and the potential to outbox him, but for how long? Twelve rounds is an awfully long time!
WBC STATS WBC FLYWEIGHT TITLE CHAMPIONSHIP HARD ROCK STADIUMMIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
FEBRUARY 27, 2021
TV: ESPN / TV AZTECA/ DAZN
THIS WILL BE THE WBC’S 2, 099 CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE FIGHT IN THE FIFTY-EIGHT YEAR HISTORY OF THE WBC
EDDIE HEARN & MATCHROOM BOXING, PRESENTS:
JULIO CESAR MARTINEZ
Date of Birth: January 27, 1995
Birthplace: Mexico City
Residence: Mexico City
Alias: El Rey
Record: 17-1-0-1nc, 13 ko’s
KO’S %: 69%
Total rounds: 80
World title fights: 4 (3-0-0-1nc)
Trainer: Mauricio Aceves
Manager: Eddy Reynoso
Promoter: Clase y Talento Boxeo
WBC no. 1 / OFFICIAL CHALLENGER
Nationality: Puerto Rico
Date of Birth: December 5, 1985
Birthplace: Ceiba, P. Rico
Residence: Fajardo, P. Rico
Alias: The Twin
Record: 20-4-0, 15 ko’s
KO’S %: 62.5%
Total rounds: 135
World title fights: 2 (0-2-0)
Trainer: Anthony Otero
Manager: Orlando Piñero
Promoter: Puerto Rico Best Boxing
WBC´S FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS
WBC´S FLYWEIGHT TOP TEN CHAMPIONS
GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE FLYWEIGHT DIVISION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC
42 WORLD CHAMPIONS RECOGNIZED BY THE WBC
OF WHICH ONLY 6 HAVE REGAINED THEIR TITLE:
PONE KINGPETCH (THAILAND)
CHARTCHAI CHIONOI (THAILAND)
BETULIO GONZALEZ (VENEZUELA)
SHOJI OGUMA (JAPAN)
SOT CHITALADA (THAI)
PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM (THAI)
159 WORLD TITLE BOUTS HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC
WORLD FLYWEIGHT TITLE BOUTS BY COUNTRY IN WBC HISTORY
SOUTH KOREA 12
NORTH IRELAND 1
PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM HOLDS THE TITLE DEFENSE RECORD WITH 25
WBC TITLE BOUTS HELD IN THE
33 BOUTS HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE FLORIDA STATE IN THE ENTIRE WBC HISTORY.
THIS WILL BE THE FIRST FIGHT IN THE FLYWEIGHT DIVISION IN FLORIDA STATE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC
BREAKDOWN BY DIVISION:
TOTAL BOUTS 33
WBC TITLE FIGHTS BETWEEN
MEXICO & PUERTO RICO
THERE HAS BEEN 39 WBC TITLE FIGHTS BETWEEN MEXICO vs. PUERTO RICO
MEXICO HAS WON 22 WBC TITLE FIGHTS
PUERTO RICO HAS WON 17 WBC TITLE FIGHTS
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08/04/1978 WILFREDO GOMEZ – JUAN ANTONIO LOPEZ TKO 7 BAYAMON SB
28/10/1978 WILFREDO GOMEZ – CARLOS ZARATE TKO 5 SAN JUAN SB
13/01/1979 WILFREDO BENITEZ – CARLOS PALOMINO DEC 15 SAN JUAN WE
13/12/1980 SALVADOR SANCHEZ – JUAN LAPORTE DEC 15 EL PASO FE
21/08/1981 SALVADOR SANCHEZ – WILFREDO GOMEZ TKO 8 LAS VEGAS FE
03/12/1982 WILFREDO GOMEZ – LUPE PINTOR TKO 14 NEW ORLEANS SB
01/05/1983 EDWIN ROSARIO – JOSE LUIS RAMIREZ DEC 12 SAN JUAN LI
07/08/1983 HECTOR CAMACHO – RAFAEL LIMON TKO 5 SAN JUAN SFE
03/11/1984 JOSE LUIS RAMIREZ – EDWIN ROSARIO TKO 4 SAN JUAN LI
10/08/1985 HECTOR CAMACHO – JOSE LUIS RAMIREZ DEC 12 LAS VEGAS LI
12/12/1986 JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ – JUAN LAPORTE DEC 12 NEW YORK SFE
12/09/1992 JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ – HECTOR CAMACHO DEC 12 LAS VEGAS SL
28/08/1997 RICARDO LOPEZ – ALEX SANCHEZ TKO 5 NEW YORK ST
26/11/2011 SAUL ALVAREZ – KERMIT CINTRON TKO 5 MEXICO CITY SW
21/04/2012 ABNES MARES – ERIC MOREL UD 12 EL PASO SB
14/12/2013 LEO SANTA CRUZ – CESAR SEDA UD 12 SAN ANTONIO SB
08/02/2014 ADRIAN HERNANDEZ – JANIEL RIVERA TKO 3 HUIXQUILUCAN LF
21/11/2015 SAUL ALVAREZ – MIGUEL COTTO UD 12 LAS VEGAS MI