In an effort to boost ratings and compete with a stacked network slate with regards to Saturday’s sports lineup, PBC is looking to offer measurably compelling and dramatic fare come this Saturday on June 6, 2015 on NBC. Wedged between the French Open Final and the Stanley Cup Game, PBC recognizes that, to borrow from RuPaul of RuPauls’ Drag Race fame, their match ups had better “work” when it comes to catching viewers’ eyes as well as keeping them this Saturday afternoon. To complete this mission, PBC has crafted the makings of what should be a very sound crowd-pleasing headliner with game veteran fighter Robert Guerrero (32-3-1, 18KOs) vs. prospect Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4KOs) as the main event. Nevertheless, with Martinez being a prospect who is somewhat of an unknown quantity in that this will be the biggest match of his career to date, PBC would be wise to hook in viewers quick with a no-brainer of a performer when it comes to action, drama and knockout potential. With the addition of two undefeated heavyweights in U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale (14-0, 13KOs) vs. standout Cuban amateur Yasmany Consuegra (17-0, 14KOs) as the first televised fight on June 6th 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, it would seem that the task is just short of being mission accomplished save waiting for the opening bell to sound.
If there is any question with regard to the potential for drama and fireworks with Saturday’s main event, the heavyweight battle preceding it is comparatively quite far from having such issue. Both Breazeale and Consuegra have undefeated records riddled with the decisive KO wins that are fan catnip and subsequently any promoter and/or network executive’s dream. Indeed, when Breazeale was asked the usual question of decorated amateurs as they step up into their pro careers, namely how they dealt with and weathered any growing pains between the two worlds, Breazeale’s answer was most positive for winning potential fans: “amateur transition into the pros, I would say was a little bit easier for myself than it was for most amateurs. The amateurs, a lot of my wins came by way of knockouts, so I've been knocking guys out since day one,” said Breazeale with regard to his readiness for the pro arena, going on to add, “It's one of those things that I transitioned from putting punches in bunches to putting punches in bunches with power….every punch I throw has got devastating power. I not only punch with the right hand, but I can punch with the left. So long as I make contact, somebody's going down for sure, “ stated Breazeale, including that given Consuegra’s record and background he more than expects Consuegra will come forward with bad intentions and a real intent to annihilate: “ (Consuegra) did real well in Cuba, the Cuba National team….I know he's going to come out tough. Cuban fighters always do… it's going to be a big fight…I'm sure he's coming in looking to knock me out,” finished Breazeale with real relish for the task at hand.
As for Consuegra via a translator he was equally primed and ready to prove to the world exactly what he can bring when given the spotlight. “Yeah, it's definitely the biggest fight of my life, the biggest fight of my career,” revealed Consuegra. “I'd also like to thank Dominic Breazeale for taking this type of risk. Not too many guys are willing to take these risks to fight an undefeated heavyweight and fight the best. So, it's a big day for both of us, and come Saturday, I'm going to show everybody that I'm one of the top guys in the division,” stated a confident and locked and loaded Consuegra.
All and all, it would seem like a card one doesn’t want to miss and exactly what PBS should be offering on a packed Saturday afternoon.
Written by Kylie Krabbe
Photos by Suzanne Teresa/PBC
June 5th 2015