After putting on a very entertaining and well matched fight with Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) vs. Chris Algieri (20-2, 8KOs) just last weekend on Spike TV, it would seem that PBC is finally starting to hit it’s stride with regard to more sustained evenly matched explosive contests with what they have planned June 6, 2015 from The StubHub Center in Carson, CA, set to air live on NBC starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT. This Saturday PBC will start by presenting a potentially electrifying heavyweight bout between two undefeated heavy-handed prospects in U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale (14-0, 13KOs) and standout Cuban amateur Yasmany Consuegra (17-0, 14KOs). Following this as the main event, PBC will be featuring storied Gilroy, California born and bred veteran Robert Guerrero (32-3-1, 18KOs) versus fellow up and coming West Covina, California prospect Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4KOs), making his first step up to a broader NBC audience at the well fitted Southern California venue.
Whereas Martinez might be a bit of an unknown element given his newbie status on such a large stage, Guerrero’s never say die rough hewn style should deliver some very good returns for the fans come Saturday. As for Guerrero’s competitive loss on the cards in his last PBC card to the undefeated Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs), Guerrero believes that too much time in between fights was a considerable factor in what prevented him from being his best to the tune of winning against the well equipped Thurman. “The year layoffs, a nine-, eight-month layoff, it really kills you, especially at that championship elite level,” confided Guerrero. “Everybody says, well, I feel great, there's no ring rust… but you truly don't know until you get into that ring… those long layoffs really kill me,” replied Guerrero, adding, “You develop bad habits. You lay back a little bit too much, and you end up getting started a little bit late like I did in the Thurman fight. But when I did get started, there was no stopping me,” said an irked Guerrero. Doubtless it was this thorny pride in his abilities that had Guerrero quick to get back into training after his loss to Thurman in what appeared to be a brutal match for both men. “To me, the fight wasn't even that brutal, “ answered Guerrero in final summation of the whole battle. “It may have been brutal for Thurman, but I was just getting started toward the end. It actually feels good to get right back in. I got right back into the gym three weeks after that and stayed on it, “ stated Guerrero. “Coming off the last fight with a loss at the short end of the stick, it drives you to be hungry. So, that's why I wanted to get right back into the ring, stay active,” concluded Guerrero who likely sees Martinez as a nice rung on the path to retrying Thurman and avenging that loss.
For Martinez, as he approaches the most important fight in his career, ring rust as well as confidence could be a deterrent to best laid plans. Martinez’s last fight - also a step up in caliber of competition was a TKO loss over a year ago against the durable Josesito Lopez (33-7, 19KOs). When asked about reasons behind the length of the layoff, Lopez was more interested in discussing the here and now with regards to his conditioning and mental state: “Anybody that knows me, I stayed in the gym, because that's what makes it easy for me, making weight. I never have trouble making weight and that goes to show that I stay active,” responded Martinez. Perhaps this is the right affect to have as a prospect going into a fight with the likes of a four- division world Champion like Guerrero, perhaps not. However, if fans are looking to count Martinez out early based on the tape of the tape this would be premature. The stakes are simply too high and the terrain too familiar for Martinez both figuratively and literally as the assumed underdog: “It's on national TV at StubHub Center, this is where I grew up. It's my home base,” said Martinez, continuing: “I've got 23 fights. Out of these 23 fights, I've never been the favorite. I've always been the underdog, “ stated Martinez thoughtfully. “ I'm not even supposed to be at this stage. That's what I'm looking forward to, “ revealed a revved up Martinez. “I know Rob, he's an excellent champion; he's been in with the best. He knows I train hard for this fight because I really want it and it and I'm going to lay it all on the line. This is what I'm talking about. I'm on to show everybody,” concluded Martinez.
In keeping with this sentiment, it would seem to be game on come June 6th at the StubHub.
Written by Kylie Krabbe
Photos by Suzanna Teresa/PBC
June 5th 2015