- Edwards vs Martinez goes Saturday, August 31st at 3 PM ET
- Can Edwards make the second successful defense of his title?
- Can Martinez extend his win streak to 15 and win a gold belt while doing it?
Edwards vs Martinez emanates from the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom. The prizefight is part of the Lomachenko vs Campbell undercard and promises to be a fun tilt.
The event is a co-feature between Matchroom Boxing and Top Rank. Edwards is defending his WBC Flyweight title against his mandatory challenger Julio Cesar Martinez.
It’s one of five championship bouts on this stacked night of the sweet science. Sky Sports Box Office and ESPN+ will broadcast all the proceedings. Check out the fight odds and breakdown below.
Edwards vs Martinez Odds
|Julio Cesar Martinez||+255|
*Odds taken 08/28/19
Edwards has had a pretty big career turn around since losing to John Riel Casimero in late 2016. After that loss, Edwards has won and defended a title, is currently on a seven-fight winning streak, and has established himself as one of the top 112-pounders in the world.
As for Martinez, his only loss came in their initial prize fight before beginning the 14 fight win streak after that.
Edwards finesses Martinez
The fight is an interesting style clash with Martinez bringing a hard-charging style, while Edwards has more defensive savvy and technical precision. Martinez is confident he’ll be able to score the knockout, but the sitting champion thinks that will play right into his game.
The UK native Edwards showcases a normative European boxing style while Martinez brings the classic Latino fighting approach. Though his KO rate is not nearly as notable, Edwards also has the ability to turn out the lights on an opponent in an instant.
— RB Boxing (@MainBoxingNews) June 16, 2018
With the fight being in the UK, Edwards will also surely have the crowd advantage on his side.
Edwards vs Martinez Tale of the Tape
|Cristofer Rosales, Angel Moreno, Iain Butcher||Significant Wins||Victor Ruiz, Andrew Selby, Edgar Sosa|
Martinez has a 73 percent KO rate and is coming off of an impressive upset stoppage over Andrew Selby.
He’s a dangerous fighter but I think Edwards plays the long game. He will want to take advantage of Martinez putting so much into each punch by being evasive, tactical, and dragging him into those deep waters. I’m picking Edwards by decision.
Pick: Edwards (-335)