A Green and Gold festivity, or alternately a winter of discontent following a bleak fall, faces vintage Puerto Rican veteran McWilliams Arroyo, against Mexico`s “Mini Marciano” Julio Cesar “Rey” Martinez, on the same card as Canelo Vs Yildirim, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Florida.
Aged thirty five, McWilliams (20-4, 15 KO`s) is nine years older than the champion. This is his third try for a world title and time is running out to emulate his Twin brother McJoe who was a world champion. McWilliams couldn`t have picked a more daunting Macbeth of a challenge. Rey Martinez tends to be shorter than his opponents, but what he lacks in height, he invariably and intimidatingly makes up for in heavy handed punching power. In that department he doesn`t fall short.
Good things sometimes come in smaller packages. A reporter once told Jack Dempsey that most of his opponents were taller than him. The “Manassa Mauler,” begged to differ, stressing they looked much smaller, once they were flat on their backs!
Not only can Rey dish it up, he can also dish it out, in the hallowed and furrowed tradition of the big punchers! As the late great boxing writer of the London Evening Standard and ITV commentator Reg Gutteridge wryly and drily observed about the less than huge Rocky Marciano: “He may have heaved his punches like cobble stones, but he made every one count!”
Fond of softening up his opponents with an eye watering body attack, before moving in to end the night`s fight, Rey is a ruthlessly efficient KO artist, who possesses the power and the unforgiving relentlessness of a crushing wrecking ball. In the vogue of Joe Frazier, he has that power to demolish the walls of cities and citadels.
Rey`s only defeat was in his career debut against Joaquin Cruz with a close split decision loss. Since then he`s never looked back. He graduated in his seventh fight by defeating Edgar Sosa by UD. Thirteen of his seventeen fights haven`t gone the distance.
Rey who`s from the world famous boxing cradle of Tepito, invariably does altitude training in the chilly climes of the Otomi Ceremonial Center to gain plenty of puff, to translate into oodles of plum mcduff.
He seems to have a penchant for battering Brits. He KO`d Andrew Selby from Wales, then he dropped WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards with an avalanche of blows, but couldn`t hold back his momentum, landing a punch while Charles was down and “Mcfuddled” on the canvass. So, it was declared a no contest and he had to regroup for his WBC title opportunity all over again.
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