Julio Cesar Martinez Postpones Fight Against McWilliams Arroyo
WBC world Flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez (16-1, 12 KOs) decides to pull out of his fight against McWilliams Arroyo (20-4. 15 KOs), which was scheduled to take place on August 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
During an interview with the Mexican publication RÉCORD, Eddie Reynoso, co-trainer and manager of Martinez, said he started feeling ill last week.
The champ tried to train his way through the sickness. His symptoms included fever and a sore throat. However, ultimately, the discomfort would become too much to bear and he would visit the doctor for examination. The diagnosis would include flu-like symptoms and a throat infection.
Martinez, ruled unfit to fight, received orders for 10 days of rest and recovery. The hope is once fully recovered, training can resume and they can reschedule the bout against Arroyo for September.
This is a missed opportunity in the spotlight for Martinez. The Tulsa card will air live on DAZN’s first United States card since the sport returned amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Reynoso and fellow co-promoter Eddie Hearn have already talked about the big plans they have in store for the 25-year-old. An impressive win over Arroyo would have been a perfect jump-off on a hopeful road to becoming a mainstream attraction. Now the hope is that “El Rey” can get a re-do and have another opportunity to seize the day at a later date.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.