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Fight Preview: Martinez VS Arroyo

McWilliams vows to be magnifico against master blaster “Rey” Martinez

By James Blears

A Green and Gold festivity, or alternately a winter of discontent following a bleak fall, faces vintage Puerto Rican veteran McWilliams Arroyo, against Mexico`s  “Mini Marciano” Julio Cesar “Rey” Martinez, on the same card as Canelo Vs Yildirim, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida.

Aged thirty five, McWilliams (20-4, 15 KO`s)  is nine years older than the champion. This is his third try for a world title and time is running out to emulate his Twin brother McJoe who was a world champion.  McWilliams couldn`t have picked a more daunting Macbeth of a challenge.  Rey Martinez tends to be shorter than his opponents, but what he lacks in height, he invariably and intimidatingly makes up for in heavy handed punching power.  In that department he doesn`t fall short.

Good things sometimes come in smaller packages. A reporter once told Jack Dempsey that most of his opponents were taller than him. The “Manassa Mauler,” begged to differ, stressing they looked much smaller, once they were flat on their backs!

Not only can Rey dish it up, he can also dish it out, in the hallowed and furrowed tradition of the big punchers! As the late great boxing writer of  the London Evening Standard and ITV commentator Reg Gutteridge wryly and drily observed about the less than huge Rocky Marciano: “He may have heaved his punches like cobble stones, but he made every one count!”

Fond of softening up his opponents with an eye watering body attack, before moving in to end the night`s fight, Rey is a ruthlessly efficient KO artist, who possesses the power and the unforgiving relentlessness of a crushing wrecking ball. In the vogue of Joe Frazier, he has that power to demolish the walls of cities and citadels.

Rey`s only defeat was in his career debut against Joaquin Cruz with a close split decision loss. Since then he`s never looked back.  He graduated in his seventh fight by defeating Edgar Sosa by UD.  Thirteen of his seventeen fights haven`t gone the distance.

Rey who`s from the world famous boxing cradle of Tepito,  invariably does altitude training in the chilly climes of the Otomi Ceremonial Center to gain plenty of puff, to translate  into oodles of plum mcduff.

He seems to have a penchant for battering Brits. He KO`d Andrew Selby from Wales, then he dropped WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards with an avalanche of blows, but couldn`t hold back his momentum, landing a punch while Charles was down and “Mcfuddled” on the canvass. So, it was declared a no contest and he had to regroup for his WBC title opportunity all over again.

At a WBC press conference in the Rail workers Union Headquarters in the heart of Mexico City, a reporter had asked Charlie, where he was doing his altitude training?  Charlie was stumped. That led to chop and then…TIMBER. Charlie was felled.

After wearing down and stopping former champion Cristofer Rosales in nine blistering rounds for the title vacated by Charlie, Julio Cesar went to town on Welshman Jay Harris, who bravely stayed on his feet to lose a UD, after withstanding a fearsome onslaught.

Julio Cesar is as fearless as he is fearsome during the business at hand. He often signs off in press conferences with a carefree laugh promising: “With everything except fear.”  It`s not a good omen for his opponents, who often become careworn and then shopworn!

Rey has said and he`s repeated that he wants to become a unified champion, before moving onwards and upwards to the super flyweight division. But he certainly won`t be overlooking McWilliams, who defeated Carlos Cuadras for the WBC Silver super Flyweight title.

Although McWilliams lost a UD to Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez for the WBC flyweight title, he put up a very good account of himself. He also lost to Kazuto Ioka for the WBC Silver super fly belt and Amnat Ruenroeng for the IBF flyweight title.

Carlos Buitrago twice dropped him, but McWilliams got up each time and won a UD, successfully defending his WBO Latino flyweight title.   In his pro career McWilliams has yet to be stopped.  He is a skilled boxer, and he`s durable. His ability to withstand punches will be sorely tested as never before this coming Saturday against a younger, fresher champion, who`s ruthless…aren`t they all?

McWilliams insists he retains the gnawing hunger plus ambition to go all the way, and has worked for this fight as never before. He has had plenty of time to do this, because he didn’t fight at all last year. By contrast last year Rey defeated Harris.  He then made quick work of Moises Calleros.

Rey`s boxing sometimes displays a rough edge rudimentary lack of finesse, but he more than makes up for this with awesome chopping block power.  McWilliams has the ability and the potential to outbox him, but for how long? Twelve rounds is an awfully long time!

WBC STATS WBC FLYWEIGHT TITLE CHAMPIONSHIP HARD ROCK STADIUMMIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES 

FEBRUARY 27, 2021

 TV: ESPN / TV AZTECA/ DAZN            

THIS WILL BE THE WBC’S 2, 099 CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE   FIGHT   IN   THE   FIFTY-EIGHT YEAR HISTORY OF THE WBC

EDDIE HEARN & MATCHROOM BOXING, PRESENTS:

JULIO CESAR MARTINEZ

(MEXICO)

WBC CHAMPION                                                           

Nationality:             Mexico

Date of Birth:         January 27, 1995

Birthplace:              Mexico City

Residence:               Mexico City

Alias:                         El Rey

Record:                     17-1-0-1nc, 13 ko’s

KO’S %:                  69%

Age:                           26

Guard:                      Orthodox

Total rounds:          80

World title fights: 4 (3-0-0-1nc)

Trainer:                    Mauricio Aceves

Manager:                 Eddy Reynoso

Promoter:                Clase y Talento Boxeo

McWILLIAMS ARROYO

(PUERTO RICO)

WBC no. 1 / OFFICIAL CHALLENGER

Nationality:                  Puerto Rico

Date of Birth:              December 5, 1985

Birthplace:                   Ceiba, P. Rico

Residence:                    Fajardo, P. Rico

Alias:                             The Twin

Record:                         20-4-0, 15 ko’s

KO’S %:                       62.5%

Age:                                35

Guard:                          Orthodox

Total rounds:              135

World title fights:      2 (0-2-0)

Trainer:                        Anthony Otero

Manager:                      Orlando Piñero

Promoter:                     Puerto Rico Best Boxing

WBC´S FLYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS

 

  1. PONE KINGPETCH (THA) 1963
  2. HIROYUKI EBIHARA (JAP) 1963 – 1964
  3. PONE KINGPETCH (THA) * 1964 – 1965
  4. SALVATORE BURRUNI (ITALY) 1965 – 1966
  5. WALTER MCGOWAN (GB) 1966
  6. CHARTCHAI CHIONOI (THA) (+) 1966 – 1969
  7. EFREN TORRES (MEX) (+) 1969 – 1970
  8. CHARTCHAI CHIONOI (THA) * (+) 1970
  9. ERBITO SALAVARRIA (PHIL) 1970 – 1971
  10. BETULIO GONZALEZ (VEN) 1972
  11. VENICE BORKORSOR (THA) 1972 – 1973
  12. BETULIO GONZALEZ (VEN) * 1973 – 1974
  13. SHOJI OGUMA (JAP)   1974 – 1975
  14. MIGUEL CANTO (MEX) 1975 – 1979
  15. CHAN-HEE PARK (KOR) 1979 – 1980
  16. SHOJI OGUMA (JAPAN) * 1980 – 1981
  17. ANTONIO AVELAR (MEX) 1981 – 1982
  18. PRUDENCIO CARDONA (COL) 1982
  19. FREDDIE CASTILLO (MEX) 1982
  20. ELEONCIO MERCEDES (DOM R.) 1982 – 1983
  21. CHARLIE MAGRI (GB) 1983
  22. FRANK CEDEÑO (PHIL) 1983 – 1984
  23. KOJI KOBAYASHI (JAP) 1984
  24. GABRIEL BERNAL (MEX) 1984
  25. SOT CHITALADA (THA) 1984 – 1988
  26. YONG-KANG KIM (KOR) 1988 – 1989
  27. SOT CHITALADA (THAI) * 1989 – 1991
  28. MUANGCHAI KITTIKASEM (THA) 1991 – 1992
  29. YURI ARBACHAKOV (RUSSIA) 1992 – 1996
  30. CHATCHAI SASAKUL (THA) 1997 – 1998
  31. MANNY PACQUIAO (PHIL) 1998 – 1999
  32. MEDGOEN SINGSURAT (THA) 1999 – 2000
  33. MALCOLM TUNACAO (PHIL) 2000 – 2001
  34. PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM (THA) 2001 – 2007
  35. JORGE ARCE (MEXICO) INTERIM 2005 – 2006
  36. DAISUKE NAITO (JAPAN) 2007 – 2009
  37. PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM (THA) INTERIM 2009
  38. KOKI KAMEDA (JAPAN) 2009 – 2010
  39. PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM (THAI) * 2010 – 2012
  40. SONNY BOY JARO (PHIL) 2012
  41. TOSHIYUKI IGARASHI (JAPAN) 2012 – 2013
  42. AKIRA YAEGASHI (JAPAN) 2013 – 2014
  43. ROMAN GONZALEZ (NICARAGUA) 2014 – 2016
  44. JUAN HERNANDEZ (MEXICO) 2017
  45. DAIGO HIGA (JAPAN) 2017 – 2018
  46. CRISTOFER ROSALES (NICARAGUA) 2018
  47. CHARLIE EDWARDS (GB) 2018 – 2019
  48. JULIO CESAR MARTINEZ (MEXICO) 2019 –

*REGAINED

WBC´S FLYWEIGHT TOP TEN CHAMPIONS

  1. MIGUEL CANTO (MEXICO)
  2. PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM (THAILAND)
  3. CHARTCHAI CHIONOI (THAILAND)
  4. EFREN TORRES (MEXICO)
  5. YURI ARBACHAKOV (RUSSIA)
  6. ROMAN GONZALEZ (NICARAGUA)
  7. SOT CHITALADA (THAILAND)
  8. AKIRA YAEGASHI (JAPAN)
  9. BETULIO GONZALEZ (VENEZUELA)
  10. SHOJI OGUMA (JAPAN)

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE FLYWEIGHT DIVISION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC

 

42 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)

 

159 WORLD TITLE BOUTS HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC

WORLD FLYWEIGHT TITLE BOUTS BY COUNTRY IN WBC HISTORY

 

 

                                          JAPAN                            50

THAILAND                     48

MEXICO                         15

SOUTH KOREA              12

USA                                10

VENEZUELA                  6

ENGLAND                      8

PHILIPPINES                  2

ITALY                            2

NORTH IRELAND           1

KUWAIT                         1

JAMAICA                       1

FRANCE                         1

CHILE                            1

AUSTRALIA                   1

                                          TOTAL                159

 PONGSAKLEK WONJONGKAM HOLDS THE TITLE DEFENSE RECORD WITH 25

 

WBC TITLE BOUTS HELD IN THE

FLORIDA STATE

33 BOUTS HAVE BEEN HELD IN THE FLORIDA STATE IN THE ENTIRE WBC HISTORY.

THIS WILL BE THE FIRST FIGHT IN THE FLYWEIGHT DIVISION IN FLORIDA STATE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC

BREAKDOWN BY DIVISION:

 

HEAVY                               8

BANTAM                            6

WELTER                             3

LIGHT                                  3

SUPERFLY                          3

SUPERWELTER                 2

SUPERBANTAM                 2

HEAVY                                  1

CRUISER                               1

MIDDLE                                 1

SUPERFEATHER                1

SUPERLIGHT                       1

FEATHER                              1

TOTAL BOUTS           33

WBC TITLE FIGHTS BETWEEN

MEXICO & PUERTO RICO

 

THERE HAS BEEN 39 WBC TITLE FIGHTS BETWEEN MEXICO vs. PUERTO RICO

MEXICO HAS WON 22 WBC TITLE FIGHTS

PUERTO RICO HAS WON 17 WBC TITLE FIGHTS

MEMORABLE FIGHTS

 

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

 

 

 

 

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