This Friday, WBC fly #1 rated, Julio Cesar Martinez will fight former Nicaraguan world champion Cristofer Rosales, ranked # 2, for the vacant World Boxing Council flyweight belt.
Martinez (14-1 11 KOs) aims to win the title, following on from his clash with former champion Charlie Edwards in London last August, where he had Edwards in serious trouble in the third round, after sending him to the canvas. However, due to lack of concentration, Martinez landed a shot to the body, while Edwards was on the canvas, so the victory was modified to a “No Contest.”
Shortly after this battle, Charlie Edwards informed the WBC of his plans to conquer a new division, and so he vacated the flyweight belt.
Rosales (29-4 20 KOs) will seek to recover the title he won in April 2018 in Japan with a resounding performance over Daigo Higa. Rosales successfully defended the title against Irishman Paddy Barnes in Belfast four months later, but was then defeated by Charlie Edwards in London, via a clear decision.
To add spice, fire and brimstone to an already appetizing pastiche, legendary world champion Michael Carbajal will serve as WBC ambassador, presenting the winner of this terrific clash with the cherished Green and Gold Belt.
Michael Carbajal won a silver medal representing the USA at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. His rivalry against Humberto “Chiquita” González was one of the most iconic boxing sagas of the 90’s. They fought a truly magnificent forever memorable trilogy. Michael emerged victorious from the first titanic battle, in which they aptly became the first light flyweights starring in a PPV event, earning one million dollars each.
Michael retired as a champion in 1999 with a magnificent record of 49-4 (33 ko’s) grappling the crown from Jorge “Travieso” Arce. Michael was inducted into Canastota´s International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.
The World Boxing Council, and its President Mauricio Sulaiman, are very proud to count on the participation and support of this great ring hero. We wish both contenders the best of luck.