Julio Cesar Martinez has been forced to withdraw from a combat for the 2nd time when you consider that late in July.
Matchroom Boxing announced Wednesday afternoon that Martinez has pulled out of his December 19 fight against Francisco Rodriguez due to an undisclosed illness now not regarding COVID-19. Martinez-Rodriguez, a 12-circular fight for Martinez’s WBC world flyweight title, changed into purported to be the co-feature on the Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith undercard at Alamodome in San Antonio.
Like Alvarez, Martinez is knowledgeable with the aid of Eddy Reynoso.
Mexico’s Rodriguez, the quantity two challenger for Martinez’s championship, will not fight someone else on the undercard December 19. Matchroom in its place may reschedule the 112-pound title bout between Martinez (17-1, 13 KOs, 1 NC) and Rodriguez (33-four-1, 24 KOs), a former IBF/WBO one zero five-pound champion.
Matchroom also announced Wednesday that super middleweight prospect Diego Pacheco (10-0, 8 KOs) has been forced to withdraw from his combat on the Alvarez-Smith undercard due to an undisclosed sickness.
The 25-12 months-historical Martinez most currently dominated Mexico’s Moises Calleros (33-10-1, 17 KOs), whom Martinez stopped in the 2d round October 23 in Mexico city. Calleros changed countryman Maximino Flores as Martinez’s opponent on short word as a result of Flores (25-4-2, 17 KOs) reportedly gotten smaller COVID-19.
Martinez up to now changed into purported to headline a DAZN card August 15 in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.
His title defense in opposition t Puerto Rico’s McWilliams Arroyo became scrapped late in July, when Martinez got here down with a respiratory tract an infection. That led to Jessica McCaskill and former undisputed ladies’s welterweight champ Cecilia Braekhus, whom McCaskill upset by means of majority choice, headlining that August 15 card.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may also be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.