Charlie Edwards set to make his second title defense against Julio Cesar Martinez!
3KingsBoxing has learned WBC Flyweight champion Charlie Edwards will make the second defense of the title against mandatory challenger Julio Cesar Martinez on August 31 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Edwards – Martinez will on the under-card of WBO/WBA Lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomancheno’s vacant WBC title bout against Luke Campbell. The bout will be televised in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office and on ESPN+ in the US.
Since losing to then IBF champion John Reil Casimero in September 2016, Edwards (15-1, 6 KO’s) has been on quite a roll. In December 2018 he defeated Cristofer Morales to capture the title then followed up with an impressive first title defense against Angel Moreno in March 2019.
The 26 year-old understands he’s in for a tough fight and said Martinez is:
“Going to put it all on the line. He’s going to be coming hard and fast from early on to try and put me under pressure, but I believe my boxing skills and the experience that I’ve gained throughout my short pro career will see me through.
“I expect to have a punch perfect performance. I believe that he will bring out the very best in me.”
Martinez (14-1, 11 KO’s) earned his shot at the title in March 2019 with a fifth round KO over the previously undefeated and highly regarded British fighter Andrew Selby in his hometown of Mexico City.
The mandatory challenger is ready for his world title shot.
“I can’t wait to challenge for the WBC Flyweight World title in London. I’ll be taking that famous green and gold belt back to Mexico with me. I have already knocked out one Brit and on August 31 I will make it two.”
Having lost his professional debut in October 2015, the 24 year-old has gone on to win his last 14 bouts including his last five bouts ending by way of stoppage.
By: Michael Wilson