Charlie Edwards is returning to the venue that he won his first world title for next fight.
Edwards will defend his WBC flyweight title against mandatory challenger Julio Cesar Martinez on August 31 in London. The fight will be part of the undercard for the lightweight title unification between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell.
This will be Edwards’ second world title defense since winning the belt last December when he defeated Cristofer Rosales. After winning the title, Edwards went on to defend his title against Spanish fighter Angel Moreno in March, winning a 12-round decision.
After losing his pro debut back in 2015, Martinez went on to 14 straight fights, 11 of those wins coming by knockout. In his last fight, Martinez knocked out Andrew Selby in a title eliminator in Mexico this past March.
Also announced for the undercard is Joe Cordina defending his British and Commonwealth lightweight titles against Gavin Gwynne. Cordina has only been fighting professionally since 2017, but has already picked up a number of minor titles, including the British and Commonwealth titles last April against Andy Townend. Gwynne is also unbeaten as a pro, winning all 11 of his fights, but has only just one of them inside the distance.
Below is the updated card for the O2 Arena show in London with the main card being streamed on ESPN+ in the United States:
- Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell: Unified WBA, WBC and WBO Lightweight Titles
- Charlie Edwards vs. Julio Cesar Martinez: WBC Flyweight Title
- Hughie Fury vs. Alexander Povetkin
- Joe Cordina vs. Gavin Gwynne: Unified BBBofC British and Commonwealth Lightweight Titles