#Boxing Today || Chocolatito Gonzalez vs. Julio Cesar Martinez odds, news and cards

While boxing fans suffered something of a letdown when Juan Francisco Estrada withdrew from his planned trilogy fight with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, they have been treated to a fine consolation prize. WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez stepped up to make his super flyweight debut and setting up an almost sure-fire Fight of the Year candidate when the two clash Saturday at Pechanga Arena in San Diego (DAZN, 8:30 p.m.).

Gonzalez (50-3, 41 KO) was once heralded by many as the pound-for-pound king before a pair of 2017 losses to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Rather than fade away more than 45 fights into his professional career, Gonzalez continued to battle, winning the WBA super flyweight championship two fights later with a February 2020 knockout of Khalid Yafai. After a successful defense against Israel Gonzalez, Chocolatito battled Estrada in March 2021, a rematch of a 2012 bout.

Unlike the first meeting, Estrada got the nod and left with both the WBA and WBC titles, though not without controversy. The general consensus was that Gonzalez deserved the victory but came up on the wrong side of a split decision. While Estrada’s withdrawal from the fight, a result of a poor training camp due to lingering effects of COVID-19, has robbed Gonzalez of his chance to right the wrongs perpetrated by the ringside judges, he’s in for no less of a challenge against Martinez.

Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. GMT
Main event ringwalks (approx): 11:15 p.m. ET / 4:15 a.m. GMT
The main card gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. GMT with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 11:15 p.m. ET / 4:15 a.m. GMT. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard bouts

Martinez made his pro debut in 2015. He lost his first fight but hasn’t lost since, pushing his career record to 18-1 (one no-contest, 14 KOs). His last fight was a no-contest against McWilliams Arroyo in November after Arroyo couldn’t continue following a head clash.

Martinez missed weight during weigh-ins, tipping the scales at 116.4 pounds, or 1.4 pounds over the 115-pound limit for which he signed. Per Boxing Scene, Martinez cannot weigh more than 15 percent over the contracted limit when he weighs in again Saturday morning, or else the fight will be nixed.

Sporting News has you covered with all the information you need to watch the Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez vs. Julio Cesar Martinez super flyweight fight Saturday, including time, channel, and fight card.

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