Guerrero floored; decisions Martinez
- Updated: June 6, 2015
The first Premier Boxing Champions card to be staged at the Stub Hub Center took place this afternoon underneath the semi-cloudy and cool temperatures of Southern California.
The NBC televised card was topped by former champion Robert Guerrero, who engaged in an entertaining back and forth against Aron Martinez and ended up with a split decision in the favor of Guerrero.
Martinez landed a solid right hand a minute into the fight that swelled the left eye of Guerrero. The punch set the tone of the fight, as Guerrero loaded up on left hands in the second with Martinez responding in a fight that was fought mostly in the center of the ring.
At the end of the fourth, a series of punches felled Guerrero, who beat the count and saw another round as the bell rung.
Guerrero sought to trade after being knocked down and again ate left hooks to the head and found himself against the ropes.
The fighters both hand their moment’s midway through the fight.
A flurry of punches in the seventh frame got things going more towards Guerrero’s way. The Gilroy, California native perhaps came close to stopping Martinez, who proved to be more game that originally thought heading into the fight that was thought to be a showcase, stay busy bout for Guerrero.
A low blow in the final round slow things down a bit, and the fighters got things going again with Guerrero throwing bombs and Martinez welcoming the exchange. Both fighters ended the bout trading in what was a good scrap provided via free television.
The numbers were 95-94 for Martinez, 95-94 for Guerrero, and 97-92 for Guerrero, (34-3-1, 18KO) in a split decision win for ‘The Ghost’.
Robert Garcia trained fighter Jesus Cuellar faced veteran Vic Darchinyan in a battle of youth versus experience.
Cuellar made his presence felt early, bruising Darchinyan’s left eye and trading often with his fellow left-handed opponent.
Cuellar (27-1, 21KO) ended up with a stoppage win at 1:04 of round eight.
Middleweight Alfredo Angulo scored a knockdown of Delray Allen Raines in round four and two knockdowns in round five and ended up with a referee stoppage by Jack Reiss in what was a great showing from Angulo, (23-5, 19KO) and one he could probably propel himself into a marquee fight later in 2015.
Heavyweight Dominic Braezeale, (14-0, 13KO) remained undefeated after stopping Yasmany Consuegra in the third round of a fight just prior to the afternoon’s main event.
In attendance: Sugar Ray Leonard, Abner Mares, Brandon Rios, Leo Santa Cruz.