Julio Cesar Martinez stepped into pole position on Saturday night with his most impressive victory to date in the stopping of Barry’s Andrew Selby in the fifth round in Mexico City.
Charlie Edwards had successfully defended his WBC title earlier in the evening with a decision win over Spain’s Anselmo Moreno so the chance to face the Englishman was on the line.
It all started brightly for the Welshman as his speed and movement had him ahead after three rounds, looking every bit the Superstar his nickname suggests with hand speed that befuddled Martinez but in the third, a clash of heads left a deep cut to the eyebrow of Selby causing the referee to deduct a point from the hometown fighter who had lead with his head a few times previous.
It seemed to have an effect on the away fighter, Martinez gained in confidence in the fourth, pressuring every move but was still being met with quick counters before a swinging left hook to the body took the wind out of the sails of Selby in the fifth who sunk to his knees on canvas before the referee counted him out.
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Taking nothing away from a solid victory from Martinez who will now be the WBC title’s mandatory for Charlie Edwards, based on this performance alone he will have his work cut out for him.
Time of Stoppage, TopClassBoxing scored the fight 40-36