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Charlie Edwards-Julio Cesar Martinez joins Lomachenko-Campbell

Martinez is Edwards’ mandatory challenger

Boxing at The Copper Box Arena Photo by James Chance/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards is set to make his second title defense in London on August 31st, taking on mandatory challenger Julio Cesar Martinez as part of the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Luke Campbell undercard. The two came to terms earlier this summer, avoiding a purse bid in the process.

This is a great fight wrapped up in a nice little narrative. Martinez (14-1, 11 KO), unbeaten since his pro debut but largely unknown, knocked out Andrew Selby with a body shot this past June in a final eliminator. Edwards (15-1, 6 KO) gets a chance to avenge the UK’s honor after upsetting Cristofer Rosales for the belt last year and dominating Angel Moreno in his first defense.

BoxRec has these two as the top flyweights behind Kosei Tanaka, and odds are that whoever wins will face IBF champion Moruti Mthalane in a unification bout later this year. The division may not be Superfly material, but there’s still fun to be had.

The card will also feature Joe Cordina’s British lightweight title defense against fellow unbeaten Gavin Gwynne and a heavyweight tussle pitting Hughie Fury against Alexander Povetkin.

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