Puerto Rican boxer McWilliams Arroyo was shocked when Mexico's Julio Cesar Martinez withdrew for a third time from their scheduled battle for the World Boxing Council flyweight title.

They were scheduled to collide two weeks ago in San Antonio, with Martinez pulling out due to a claimed illness from food poisoning just days before the fight.

There were whispers that Martinez was dealing with weight issues.

"I don't even know what to say," said Arroyo to Sara Hernandez.

“When the promoter called me, I couldn't believe it because it's the third time. I don't know, he keeps disrespecting me. I think what they have done with me is abuse."

Arroyo (21-4, 16 KO's) and Martinez (18-2, 14 KO's) have been scheduled to fight since 2020. Arroyo is the mandatory challenger to Martinez's WBC title.

The first fight was scheduled for August 15 of 2020 and was canceled a month earlier due to Martinez dealing with an infection. In February 2021, Martinez pulled on late-notice out due to a hand injury.

In November of last year, they finally met in the ring - but the contest ended in a 'no contest' due to a cut on the right eyebrow of Arroyo from a clash of heads.

The fighter from Fajardo explained that if Martínez has a health condition or simply cannot make weight, he must let him know so that he can continue forward with his career.

“If he gets sick, he has to deal with his health problem, and take some time away and step aside. I've spent money on training, on trips to go to different towns to spar, dieting, exercising, my mental aspect," said Arroyo.

“How does one prepare for this.... that days before it's scheduled they tell you that the fight is not going forward? If you are not for this sport or you are not going to have the responsibility for this sport, be more compassionate to others."

The World Boxing Council has given both sides additional time to reschedule the fight.