Martinez: ‘I Just Want All The Belts’
Debuting as a professional in 2015, Julio Cesar Martinez is looking to exceed all expectations. The current WBC Flyweight Champion is willing to do whatever it takes to take home more gold and beat boxing’s elite.
On the latest episode of “Peleamundo”, Matchroom Boxing’s premier Spanish content feature, Jessie Vargas spoke with Martinez about his growth. Fights he would like to see made would be him against WBA Champion Artem Dalakianand and IBF Champion Moruti Mthalane.
“I just want the best fights. Whatever Eddie Hearn and Eddy Reynoso decide,” Martinez stated. “The best fights with the best purses. I just want all the belts and stay champion for a while. I’d like to unify the belts. A good fight would be against Kosei Tanaka. He’s an undefeated, strong fighter in the flyweight division. That would be a good fight for me.”
“Mthalane is a great fight too but it’s up to Eddie and Eddy. I know he has a belt; I have a belt. He’s not an exception. I’ll fight him too.”
Martinez had a very busy 2019. He knocked out Irvin Ordaz and then did the same to Andrew Selby back in March 2019. Facing Charlie Edwards that August for the WBC Flyweight Title, Martinez won, but it was later ruled a no-contest after Martinez hit an illegal shot. He came back in December and beat Cristofer Rosales via TKO for the vacant title.
Martinez won his last bout in February against Jay Harris, defending the belt in the process. Speaking on the program before Martinez, trainer Eddie Reynoso discussed his growth and how disciplined he has become. Martinez is ready and willing to fight anywhere. As a result of fighting in England, Martinez was able to meet Eddie Hearn and eventually sign with Matchroom Boxing.
“They gave me respect and treated me very well so for that, I wouldn’t have any problems returning to England,” Martinez went on to say. “They respected me a lot. They wanted pictures and hey cheered for me, it was a good experience.
“I met Eddie when I fought Charlie in England. Eddie and Mauricio Sulaiman gave me their respect. They supported me a lot with the rematch but Charlie went up in weight and left that belt vacant so I was able to win it against Rosales in Phoenix. Eddie liked the way I fought and moved in that fight. I know it’s just the start of many great things to come. I was so happy and proud. I didn’t’ leave it to the judges to decide my fight, I got the KO. I was happy I won.”
With Reynoso looking for Martinez to face fighters like WBA Super-Flyweight Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and WBC, The Ring and lineal Super-Flyweight Champion Juan Francisco Estrada, Martinez will have plenty of options. With boxing on hold, he will have to wait for his opportunity. When he does come back, however, he appears to be ready.