Martinez to Breeze By?
The boxing odds tonight for Julio Cesar Martinez vs Ronal Batista predict an easy title defense for the Mexican.
Martinez fights in front of his home crowd on the Canelo Alvarez vs John Ryder undercard, and with the WBC World Flyweight title on the line, he won’t take his opposition cheaply.
The Mexican star, who is 19-2, lost to Roman Gonzalez in 2022 by unanimous decision for the WBC Diamond Super Flyweight title.
It was a shambles all around for the 28-year-old. He weighed in heavy, which dented his chances of fighting for a bigger title.
However, Martinez rebounded with a majority decision win over Samuel Carmona in December. There wasn’t much in that fight, so there are concerns about his recent performances.
Luckily for Martinez, he’s fighting Batista, who is ranked 69th in the division. He’s the easiest fighter that Martinez has faced over the last few years, which is needed to get his confidence levels back on track.
There is a potential rematch against Arroyo in the works, should Martinez live up to his online gambling expectations.
“We are waiting to find out what Cesar “Rey” Martínez will do so that we can plan what will be next for McWilliams, but the idea is that this fight will take place after so many setbacks,” said Arroyo’s promoter, Bryan Perez.
Given Martinez’s latest transgressions, he shouldn’t take Batista lightly.
Batista Thrown in Deep End
This looks like a classic case of Martinez picking an easy opponent to face for his title, and he may well be right.
As boxing odds suggest, Batista has little to no chance of beating Martinez on Saturday at Estadio Akron. He is 15-2, but his wins have come against sub-par opposition, including beating a 12-15-5 fighter last year.
The Panama-born 26-year-old lost to Mikhail Aloyan in 2019 before scoring consecutive unanimous decision wins over moderate fighters. Not being able to knock them out is a concern, so he doesn’t have much power.
His most recent knockout came in 2018 when winning the IBA World Super flyweight title, which was vacant at the time. That was his career highlight, but he hasn’t been overly impressive since.
He’s not even the highest-ranked Panama fighter in the division. That belongs to Felix Montenegro, who is 12-9-1.
That should tell bettors all they need to know about a possible upset. Even if Batista makes a good start, we don’t expect his live betting odds to firm much at the sportsbook.
Martinez vs Batista Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between Martinez vs Batista.
Martinez vs Batista Fight Information
- Fight: Julio Cesar Martinez (19-2) vs. Ronal Batista (15-2)
- Location: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Mexico
- Day/Time: Saturday, May 6, 9:00 p.m. ET
- Martinez vs Batista Live stream: Box Live
Martinez vs Batista Betting Lines
The odds in this chart are posted on the time of publication of the article. They are subject to change without previous notice.
Martinez vs Batista Picks & Prediction
There isn’t much value with Martinez at -1600, so we’re looking at him to win via knockout.
Bettors get better value for the fight to end early, and if Martinez doesn’t win convincingly, the big fights he wants could be out of the equation.