12/3 DAZN: Chocolatito vs Juan Francisco Estrada 3 (vacant WBC Super Flyweight Title)

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ESTRADA-CHOCOLATITO TRILOGY HEADS TO GLENDALE, AZ – MARTINEZ AND ARROYO SET AS CO-MAIN
Super-Flyweight rivals meet for the third time on December 3 as ‘El Rey’ defends WBC belt against Mexican
The trilogy clash between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez will take place at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday December 3, live worldwide on DAZN – and Eddie Hearn and Matchroom are delighted to announce that Julio Cesar Martinez will meet McWilliams Arroyo for his WBC World Super-Flyweight title as the co-main event on a blockbuster night of action in Arizona.

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Estrada (43-3 28 KOs) and Chocolatito (51-3 41 KOs) will finally go toe-to-toe for the third time in their storied careers, with their last meeting in March 2021 a fight of the year contender that Estrada edged via split decision in Dallas. That victory levelled the score between the pair, after Chocolatito won their first battle back in November 2012 in Los Angeles, and now they will lock horns once again for their third mouth-watering battle a decade on from the first.

Martinez (18-2 14 KOs) and Arroyo (21-4 16 KOs) are also renewing their rivalry on December 3, after their firefight of a first contest in November was sadly cut short after an accidental headclash caused a cut for Arroyo, ending a chaotic three round whirlwind that saw both fighters hit the canvas in the opening session, and Arroyo visit the deck again in the second.

There’s more action to be added to the card soon, and promoter Eddie Hearn believes the final Matchroom show of 2022 in America could be the most explosive yet, with Martinez and Arroyo providing the tastiest of appetizers before the stunning main event.

“What a night this is going to be,” said Hearn. “The trilogy battle between Estrada and Chocolatito is guaranteed to be a thriller, and Martinez and Arroyo have given us a taste of what they provide when they tangle.

“Estrada and Chocolatito will go down as one of the great rivalries in the sport, and on December 3, one of these two modern greats will edge ahead of the other, and that promises to make this the most thrilling of the three clashes – it’s an early Christmas present for fight fans that you do not want to miss.”
 

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McWilliams Arroyo Injured, New Opponent Sought For Julio Cesar Martinez

BY JAKE DONOVAN
Published Tue Nov 08, 2022, 04:50 PM EST
Julio Cesar Martinez and McWilliams Arroyo continue to find ways to not meet in the ring.

BoxingScene.com has confirmed that the oft-postponed WBC flyweight title consolidation bout takes another hit. An undisclosed injury has forced Puerto Rico’s Arroyo to withdraw from their scheduled December 3 rematch to have aired on DAZN from the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

A new opponent will be sought for Mexico City’s Martinez (18-2, 14KOs; 2NC), who will remain on the show in what will now become a voluntary title defense. Matchroom Boxing matchmaker Kevin Rooney Jr. confirmed the development during the annual WBC convention in Acapulco.

The rematch was due to serve as the chief support on a show headlined by the anticipated rubber match between lineal junior bantamweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (43-3, 28KOs) and former four-division champ Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (51-3, 41KOs).

Instead, the bout suffers his fourth delay in a rivalry that appears to have been doomed from the sport. It comes less than three weeks after Arroyo (21-4, 16KOs; 1NC) strangely announced his retirement, only to clarify that it will come after his rematch with Martinez.

For now, it means a delay until 2023 unless the interim WBC flyweight titlist walks away from the sport altogether.

Martinez will seek to make the fifth defense of his title against an opponent to be determined, having not fought since a non-title fight points loss to Gonzalez on March 5 in San Diego.

The one actual meeting between the two came last November 19 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The fight came together after Martinez previously withdrew from an August 2020 clash due to illness and a February 2021 showdown in Miami Gardens, Florida due to injury. Their planned rematch on June 25 in San Antonio saw Mexico City’s Martinez withdraw during fight week, once again citing illness. The development came too far into fight week for Matchroom Boxing to secure a replacement opponent in time to leave Arroyo on the show.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
 
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