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Roman Gonzalez vs Julio Cesar Martinez fight on Mar 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Roman Gonzalez vs Julio Cesar Martinez fight on Mar 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Blink and you could well miss this one.

Roman Gonzalez and Julio Cesar Martinez have no business fighting each other at this stage of their careers, but that hasn’t stopped this pair of super-flyweights getting it on for the hell of it…

Juan Estrada’s withdrawal from a trilogy fight with Roman Gonzalez opened the door for the 18-1 fighter Julio Cesar Martinez to walk through – in many’s eyes, forging a better matched fight that the one previous.

There may not be any belts on the line in San Diego but there will be plenty of pride at stake as these two 115-pounders lay it all on the line.

Let’s take a closer look at the San Diego fight with some expert betting tips from our knowledgable team.

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the event will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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Julio Cesar Martinez to beat Roman Gonzalez

There’s no getting around it: Roman Gonzalez is an old 34-year-old.

The Nicaraguan great has 53 pro fights under his belt after a long, long career moving between the lower weight classes.

For all of “Chocolatito’s” skill, there is still this nagging doubt in the heads of his team that he is susceptible to another big KO loss.

It may have been five years since a brutal knockout at the hands of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, but in Julio Cesar Martinez he is fighting another big puncher.

Martinez has registered KOs in all but four of his wins and despite climbing up a weight will be confident in landing some of that artillery on Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is the better fighter and boxer, but we’re not sure he can withstand the Mexican’s heat for 12 rounds.

Julio Cesar Martinez is 11/10 with bet365 to beat Roman Gonzalez as well as with all the other major betting sites.

Roman Gonzalez form & opinion

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez is widely regarded one of the best fighters to lace up a pair of boxing gloves across the last couple of decades.

The Nicaraguan has held world titles in four different weight classes and has been a pillar of the lower weights since his debut in 2005.

Now, at 34, “Chocolatito” is winding down his career but is still being offered big fights at super-flyweight.

Another tilt at a world title is on the cards for Gonzalez – especially if he can topple Martinez on Saturday – as he targets a trilogy fight with Juan Estrada.

Gonzalez lost to Estrada in his last fight, albeit highly controversially on the scorecards.

Julio Cesar Martinez form & opinion

Julio Cesar Martinez announced himself on the world scene a couple of years ago and he hasn’t looked back since.

The 27-year-old Mexican has remained unbeaten against a trio of Brits – Jay Harris, Charlie Edwards and Andrew Selby – as well as picking up the esteemed WBC flyweight title along the way.

He is climbing up three pounds for this fight to super-flyweight in order to take on Gonzalez, looking to extend his 18-1 record as a pro.

Martinez is a huge banger for a little guy and is always in exciting and explosive fights.

History

These two fighters haven’t crossed paths before, but Julio Cesar Martinez’s lack of experience in the super-flyweight division may be telling.

The Mexican has fought at a previous high weight of 118lbs in 2016, but tends to compete at 112lbs.

He’ll be up closer to 115lbs on Saturday and Roman Gonzalez’s natural power at the weight could be telling.

Whether Martinez can carry his one-punch power up to super-flyweight should determine this contest.

About the Venue

The Pechanga Arena San Diego, USA, will host this fight, with a capacity of close to 15,000 available.

It’s a multi-purpose arena that was built in 1966, with the likes of indoor football, ice hockey, basketball and tennis taking place inside.

Conclusion

If Martinez can land clean on Gonzalez this Saturday then it could well be lights out.

Gonzalez is a terrific boxer but he can become embroiled in slug matches rather unnecessarily, choosing to trade punches rather than boxing to his plan.

A Martinez win would shake up the division, and the Mexican has previous in upsets.