WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar “Rey” Martinez is pumped for his one division step up, on March 5 at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, against four division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.
Roman was scheduled to fight Juan Francisco Estrada for the third time; however, Estrada would recently announce that he tested positive for COVID-19, a situation that forced him to withdraw from the fight.
Once Estrada was out, the bold as brass Martinez banged on the front door, volunteering to climb up to the 115-pound division to fight Chocolatito.
Martinez is not worried about the weight.
“I`m feel very strong going up in weight. I`m fifty-six kilos and will slim to fifty-four during the week. I have the hunger, I`m ready for anything and I`ll go on the attack. I will face a tough and a great fighter who I greatly respect. But I`m very ambitious to become the first Mexican fighter to KO Chocolatito,” Martinez said.
Martinez, who`s well into his preparation at the Otomi Ceremonial Center, assured that even though Chocolatito has a lot of experience and enters this match as the big favorite, he’s not the least bit discouraged. Martinez threw out a warning with his favorite motto: “I’ll bring everything…except fear!”
Regarding the possibility of remaining at super flyweight, Martinez clarified that this is something that he will discuss at the right time with his team, since one of his goals is to unify the flyweight titles and then perhaps return to 115-pounds, but that will be decided in the future.
Martinez’s trainer, Mauricio Aceves Gallegos, has asked WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman to have a commemorative belt created for the fight. The WBC Prez will present the request to the Board of Governors.