ESPN’s Salvador Rodriguez reports that WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar “El Rey” Martinez (17-1, 13 KO) will make his return against countryman Joel Cordova (12-4-2, 3 KO) in Mexico City on June 26. Martinez withdrew from three fights since August of last year, including two against mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo.
Arroyo (21-4, 16 KO) requested a voluntary defence of the interim belt he received in February, which leaves Martinez to make one in all his personal towards Cordova. For what it’s value, Cordova is unbeaten in his final 9 (7-0-2), and one in all his earlier losses got here towards Mauricio Lara.
But when Martinez’ well being issues are resolved, he ought to roll by means of this one and set himself up for some thrilling matchups within the close to future.
A unification bout between WBA champion Artem Dalakian and WBO titleist Junto Nakatani is reportedly under discussion, and newly minted IBF champion Sunny Edwards is coming off a stellar performance against Moruti Mthalane. Add to that the Jay Harris-Ricardo Sandoval IBF eliminator and we have now all of the makings of a aggressive division through which the champions are incentivized to combat one another.