Julio Cesar Martinez vs Samuel Carmona Preview December 3rd, 2022
WBC Flyweight Champion Julio Cesar Martinez of Mexico defends his title against Samuel Carmona of Spain in Arizona this Saturday, December 3rd. The 12-rounder is on the undercard of the Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Estrada trilogy match and can be seen live in most nations on DAZN. Martinez last fought in March when hew moved up in weight and was beaten by Gonzalez via a 12-round unanimous decision for the vacant WBC Diamond Super Flyweight Title. Carmona last fought at the end of October when he beat Moises Mojica by a six-round unanimous decision.
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Martinez vs Carmona Betting Odds
- Samuel Carmona +500
- Julio Cesar Martinez -800
The 27-year-old Martinez stopped former champion Cristofer Rosales in the ninth round in December, 2019 to win his flyweight belt and beat Jay Harris by unanimous decision in his first defence three months later before stopping Moises Calleros in the second round in October, 2020 and Joel Cordova in six rounds in June, 2021. he then faced McWiliams Arroyo in November of last year but after Arroyo was dropped in the first and second rounds and Martinez was down in round one, the fight was stopped in the third round and ruled a no-contest after Arroyo was nailed with an accidental headbutt.
After that, Martinez stepped up in weight to fight Gonzalez but actually came in too heavy and wasn’t able to win the vacant WBC Diamond Title and was dominated by ‘Chocolatito’ in the fight. Martinez originally believed he won his flyweight title in August, 2019 when he stopped WBC Champ Charlie Edwards in three rounds. However, that fight was eventually ruled a no-contest also as Martinez landed on Edwards while he had a knee on the canvas.
Martinez carries around an official record of 18-2 with 14 Ko’s . He stands 5-feet-2-inches tall with a 64-inch reach and has pretty good power in his fists with a current knockout ratio of 63.6 per cent and posted nine straight stoppages until Jay Harris took him the distance in 2020. Martinez made his pro debut in 2015 and has boxed 101 rounds since. His first defeat was a four-round split decision to Joaquin Cruz in his pro debut which was avenged with an eight-round majority decision the next year. He’s also beaten the likes of former world champion Edgar Sosa as well as Martin Tecuapetla, Andrew Selby, Victor Ruiz and Juan Lopez Martinez.
Carmona enters the ring with a perfect record of 8-0 with 4 Ko’s but he’s basically an unknown 26-year-old who has never fought as a pro outside of Europe. He’s boxed just 36 rounds since making his pro debut in 2019. Before that he enjoyed a pretty good amateur career and boxed in the World Series of Boxing where he beat Galal Yafai. He also boxed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil where he beat Paddy Barnes but lost a split decision in the light flyweight quarterfinals to Yuberjen Martinez.
Carmona stands 5-feet-4-inches tall with an unlisted reacj which gives him a two-inch edge in height on Martinez. He has a current knockout ratio of 50 per cent but isn’t really known for his power. Since turning pro he’s captured the vacant WBA Inter-confederation Flyweight Title and beaten the likes of Joel Cordova, Luis Padilla, Jose Jimenez and Enrique Magsalin.
This looks like a bit of a mismatch on paper and one wonders how it’s being sanctioned as a title fight. But Martinez was pretty much dominated by Gonzalez in his last outing and it’ll be interesting to see how he comes back from that. Carmona fought just a few weeks ago so this looks like a last-minute matchup as well. He’s got good boxing skills and could make things a bit difficult for Martinez early on but I’m expecting Martinez to come out on top.
Martinez’s power and experience will be the difference here.
Play: Julio Cesar Martinez -800 @ BetOnline.ag
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