Canelo Promotions and Matchroom Boxing confirm Mexico fight night series, starting with Julio Cesar Martinez vs. Joel Cordova

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Matchroom Boxing and DAZN have announced a series of fight nights live from Mexico in partnership with Canelo Alvarez and Canelo Promotions as well as Eddy Reynoso and Clase y Talento.

The first event in the new four-part Mexico series will see Julio Cesar Martinez defend his WBC flyweight title against Joel Cordova at the Domo Alcade, Gigantes de Jalisco Arena in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, June 26.

This follows on from DAZN and Matchroom’s game-changing five-year global deal announced last week underscoring a renewed, long-term investment by DAZN and Matchroom to take boxing to new global heights in countries around the world.

The June 26 fight night, as well as all three events from Mexico to follow over the next year, are in addition to DAZN’s current global boxing schedule and will all be broadcast live worldwide on DAZN – including Mexico, where fans can sign up for a monthly subscription at just 45 pesos a month.

The broadcasts will be available in both English and Spanish, with the latter led by a dedicated on-air talent roster that will soon be unveiled.

“This is a great chance for Mexican fighters to follow their dreams,” said Canelo of the deal. “Sometimes our champions have to travel internationally to defend their belts and land opportunities. We plan on providing those opportunities in Mexico and giving young fighters the chance to develop and change their lives.”

“I am very proud to bring this exciting new project to Mexico and these new opportunities for our fighters,” added Reynoso. “There is so much talent in our country and these new shows will allow our champions to defend their belts on home soil and our prospects to get the chance to continue to grow.”

Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn said: “This is such an exciting project and partnership, and I can’t wait to get started on June 26 and add even more action to the DAZN global schedule.

“It’s no secret that Mexico is blessed with boxing talent and passionate fans that truly embrace the sport. This new project will breathe new life into the sport in Mexico and give young fighters and champions the opportunity to flourish.”

DAZN co-CEO James Rushton said: “Last week, we announced as part of our game-changing global deal that DAZN and Matchroom will significantly invest in key markets around the world where there is extraordinary boxing fervor with regionally relevant events, partnerships, and content.

“This new Mexico series builds on our growing momentum with Matchroom worldwide as well as long-time partners Canelo and Eddy Reynoso and together, we look forward to bringing more of the best Mexican boxing to fans locally as well as worldwide on DAZN.”

Martinez vs. Cordova: fight details, undercard

Martinez (17-1, 13 KOs) puts his green and gold belt on the line for the third time to kick off the return of big-time boxing to his home country. He was due to defend his strap on the undercard of Alvarez’s super-middleweight title clash with Avni Yildirim in February, but a hand injury sustained in fight week robbed him of the chance to fight McWilliams Arroyo on the show.

Now the 26-year-old will top the bill in his homeland against Cordova (12-4-2, 3 KOs), Martinez’s fellow Mexican fighting in his first world title fight, and ‘El Rey’ is excited to be fighting at home for a second fight in a row as he looks to build to becoming a unified champion at 112lbs.

"I am so happy to be able to fight again and make a much-anticipated comeback,” said Martinez. “I am even more excited to be able to fight in my home country of Mexico and defend my title here. I am very motivated to reignite my career on such a platform."

Cordova, meanwhile, said: “I’ve waited for this opportunity for so long that I won’t waste my chance to fulfill my dreams of becoming world champion. Maybe I’m not known by many, but after June 26, many will know my name. I know Martinez is a solid champion, but strength is not the only thing needed to win, it requires motivation, desire and there’s no one who can beat me in those. I have waited my whole life for this moment.”

There’s more world title action on June 26 with Cuba’s Daniel Matellon (11-0-2, 6 KOs) making the first defense of his WBA light-flyweight title against Jose Argumedo (24-4-1, 15 KOs). Matellon was elevated to full champion after landing the interim title in February 2020.

Elsewhere, Gabriel Valenzuela (23-2-1, 13 KOs) looks to build on his impressive win in London over Robbie Davies Jr. in February by defending the IBF Intercontinental super-lightweight title he won that night; there is a 12th pro-outing for rising Mexican-American starlet Diego Pacheco (11-0, 8 KOs); and Christian Alan Gomez Duran (20-2-1, 18 KOs) features on the card having recorded stoppage wins on two Canelo cards in December and May.

How to watch on DAZN

Martinez vs. Cordova and the rest of the Matchroom/Canelo Promotions Mexico series can be streamed on DAZN, the global sports streaming service.

These events will be available on DAZN worldwide, in over 200 countries. However if you are in Argentina, Chile or Colombia pleased be advised that you can only sign up via Google Play or Apple's App Store via a device, not via web browser.

What devices are supported on DAZN?

DAZN is available on web browsers at DAZN.com  and also has apps available for all of the following TV and streaming devices:

Mobile Devices TV & Streaming Devices Game Consoles
iPhone, iPad Amazon Fire TV Playstation 4, Pro
Android phones, tablets Amazon Fire TV Stick Playstation 5
Amazon Fire tablet Android TV XBox One, One S
.. Apple TV XBox One X
.. Google Chromecast Xbox Series X | S
.. LG Smart TV, Smartcast ..
.. Panasonic Smart TV ..
.. Samsung Smart TV ..
.. Sony Smart TV ..

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