By James Blears
The first fight between World Boxing Council flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez and McWilliams Arroyo, was short, sweet, explosive but inconclusive, as a clash of heads ended it prematurely after round two, just as it was getting interesting, so this one on Saturday June 25th at the Tech Point Arena, San Antonio, will settle matters once and for all.
A handful of problems prior to fight one, especially after Julio Cesar suffered a small, but significant fracture to his right hand in sparring and the swelling then worsened. Julio who`s favorite saying is: “With everything except fear,” pleaded to receive a numbing injection, so he could fight with everything through pain, but with so much at stake, it had to be postponed.
When it did happen, there were fireworks from the outset. McWilliams, who has respectable power, having stopped sixteen opponents, decided to fight fire with fire and enthusiastically strode into the blast furnace, in all- out attack mode. Straight left jabs and big following rights. Then one of those rights put down Julio. Surprised and abashed, Julio indignantly got straight back up, but from the look on his face, he`d been shocked as well as hornet stung.
Mightily annoyed at himself at being caught cold, he launched a characteristic onslaught. A thunderous left hook cracked the Puerto Rican on the side of his face and he went down ever harder. He got up looked all at sea with no sea legs and all of sudden…the bell rang. Phew! One of his corner men rushed to him and literally dragged him to the stool. Even aged thirty six, McWilliams who won the WBC Interim title in Julio`s absence prior to all of this, is always in great physical shape. Initially stunned and befuddled, he was given a dressing down, a sprucing up and was ready to resume when the bell rang, after sixty seconds of invaluable respite.
The late great boxing scribe and natural broadcaster Reg Gutteridge wrote in praise of Rocky Marciano`s power saying: “He heaved punches like cobblestones, but he made them count.” At five feet four, McWilliams towers two inches over pocket-sized powerhouse Julio Cesar, but almost every punch the tiny Mexican throws is unleashed with the express intention of knocking out his opponent. Pure undistilled venom.
An accidental clash of heads left McWilliams with a gash on his right eyelid and another just above it on his eyebrow. He fought on, with seeping blood flecking his now ashen pale face, but the eye was rapidly swelling shut. When the bell rang and as he went back to his corner, he shook his head. The Ring Doctor advised the Referee that McWilliams couldn`t continue with his vision severely impaired and the fight was declared a no contest. A thrilling encounter and hopefully their second will live up to it and be cranium clash free.
Juan Francisco Estrada had to pull out of the super flyweight thriller with Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez due to contracting covid 19, and on less than six weeks of notice, Julio Cesar, enterprisingly seized the opportunity with both hands, as the WBC Diamond Belt at stake. With fifty two fight notches on his belt compared to Julio Cesar`s nineteen, the Maestro gave the younger man a comprehensive boxing lesson. A steady stream of jolting jabs, heavy accurate right hands plus uppercuts which often found their mark, garnished with a bevy of crunching body shots, all delivered at short range. On that night Chocolatito was a supreme unstoppable force and he was not to be denied, winning a convincing UD.
Julio Cesar fought back magnificently landing his vaunted left hook and combinations, but sustaining and weathering a non-stop attack, he couldn`t sit down on his punches. Not only was he outfought, he was uncharacteristically driven on to the back foot time and again, where he`s not at his best, comfortable or at home. He was constantly punished without respite, but his willpower and resistance were stubbornly terrific. He simply wouldn`t give in!
The question being…has this stood him in good stead and seasoned him, or has it taken something out of him? This was a setback, but he`s still only twenty seven and is again fighting at his natural weight.
McWilliams´twin brother McJoe has won the super flyweight IBF belt. McWilliams 21-4, 16 KO`s is himself a boxer of quality. He defeated Carlos Cuadras by a majority decision. He lost a UD to WBA champion Kazuto Ioka. Aged thirty six, this is most probably his last chance and it`s for the glittering prize of the Green and Gold Belt.
Julio Cesar, 18-2, 14 KO`s must temper his natural aggression just a tad and channel it. The title was his for the taking and almost within his grasp when he felled Champion Charlie Edwards with a cluster bomb combination in the third, but he then followed through hitting the felled and stricken Brit with a heavy body shot, so it was declared a no contest. He needs to display and employ the grim determination he wrought, stopping former champion Cristofer Rosales in the ninth to win the vacant championship, after Charlie decided to move up a division.
McWilliams has proved to himself that Julio can be put down and is not invincible. McWilliams is the more accomplished craftsman and the better boxer. Yet, he`s now felt that extraordinary shuddering power the Mexican carries in both stunning fists. Julio must return to winning ways, proving he`s “El Rey” and this is his opportunity, if he can focus and curb his enthusiasm. For McWilliams with nerve…it`s now or never!
Jose Sulaimán WBC HONORARY POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME PRESIDENT (+)
Mauricio SulaimánWBC PRESIDENT
WBC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TECH PORT ARENA
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
JUNE 25, 2022
THIS WILL BE THE WBC’S 2, 145 CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE FIGHT IN THE FIFTY-NINE YEAR HISTORY OF THE WBC
EDDIE HEARN & MATCHROOM BOXING, PRESENTS:
JULIO CESAR MARTINEZ McWILLIAMS ARROYO
(MEXICO) (PUERTO RICO)
WBC CHAMPION WBC INTERIM CHAMPION
Nationality: Mexico Nationality: Puerto Rico
Date of Birth: January 27, 1995 Date of Birth: December 5, 1985
Birthplace: Mexico City Birthplace: Ceiba, P. Rico
Residence: Mexico City Residence: Fajardo, P. Rico
Alias: El Rey Alias: The Twin
Record: 18-2-0-1nc, 14 ko’s Record: 21-4-0-1nc, 16 ko’s
KO’S %: 70% KO’S %: 61.6%
Age: 27 Age: 36
Guard: Orthodox Guard: Orthodox
Total rounds: 101 Total rounds: 143
World title fights: 6 (5-0-0-1nc) World title fights: 4 (1-2-0-1nc)
Manager: Eddy Reynoso Manager: Orlando Piñero
Promoter: Matchroom Bozing Promoter: Puerto Rico Best Boxing
NAME PERIOD AS CHAMPION
MIGUEL CANTO (MEXICO)
PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM (THAILAND)
CHARTCHAI CHIONOI (THAILAND)
EFREN TORRES (MEXICO)
YURI ARBACHAKOV (RUSSIA)
ROMAN GONZALEZ (NICARAGUA)
SOT CHITALADA (THAILAND)
AKIRA YAEGASHI (JAPAN)
BETULIO GONZALEZ (VENEZUELA)
SHOJI OGUMA (JAPAN)
43 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)
162 WORLD TITLE BOUTS IN 15 COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC
SOUTH KOREA 12
NORTH IRELAND 1
IN THIS DIVISION PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM (THAI) HOLDS THE TITLE DEFENSES RECORD WITH 25
162 WORLD TITLE BOUTS IN 64 CITIES HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC
THIS WILL BE THE FIRST FIGHT IN NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC
BREAKDOWN BY CITIES:
LAS VEGAS 2
LOS ANGELES 2
CHAINART PROVINCE 1
CHIANG MAI 1
LA PAZ 1
MEXICO CITY 1
NEW YORK 1
SAMUT SAKHON 1
SANTIAGO DE CHILE 1
THERE HAS BEEN 41 WBC TITLE FIGHTS BETWEEN MEXICO vs. PUERTO RICO
MEXICO HAS WON 22 WBC TITLE FIGHTS
PUERTO RICO HAS WON 18 WBC TITLE FIGHTS
1 NO CONTEST
25/06/1977 ESTEBAN DE JESUS – VICENTE MIJARES S. KO 11 SAN JUAN LI
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