ANAHEIM, California, August 27, 2016 – Pro boxing is back after a break for the Olympic Games. Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo both find themselves at similar points of their careers as they prepare for bouts Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, to be aired on Spike. They face the type of “must win” fights which could send them both toward retirement from boxing if they aren’t able to win.
Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs), age 33 of Gilroy, California, starts his push for one more shot at a welterweight title with a 10 round non-title welterweight bout against David Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) of Argentina.
Guerrero called Peralta “durable. A durable tall, lanky guy. His height is going to help him. I am expecting a tough fight for sure. This is like a world title shot for him. I don’t know what he is going to bring to the table and that is exciting for me.”
“The Ghost” lost a unanimous decision to Keith Thurman in Premiere Boxing’s inaugural event in March 2015, then squeaked out a decision in June over Aron Martinez, a fight many people believed Martinez won. He lost a competitive decision to Danny Garcia in January. Now what Guerrero wants is a rematch with Garcia, and hopes this is the launchpad to make it happen.
Peralta would like to follow in the tradition of his hard-hitting countrymen Marcos Maidana, who recently announced his retirement, and Lucas Matthysse, who also appears to be near retirement. While both had their wins and losses, they are fan favorites who always put on a tremendous show and Peralta wants to do the same.
“This is the biggest fight of my career. It is very important,” said Peralta. “I have to go out there and put on a great show. I want to go down the same path as Marcos Maidana and Lucas Matthysse. They were given great opportunities in their careers and took advantage of them. I am going to take advantage of this opportunity … I have watched Guerrero fight, but every fighter is different. I have a gameplan to beat him. I am well prepared. I came here to fight. I am prepared to go the distance,” declared Peralta.
But make no mistake, this fight is set up to give Guerrero every chance to look good, so it’s even more important that he does if he wants his career to continue.
It’s a similar story for Angulo (24-5-0, 20 KOs), age 34 of Mexicali, Baja California, also working his way back from a string of losses to Erislandy Lara, Canelo Alvarez, and James De La Rosa. It’s been a year since Angulo’s last bout, a fifth round stoppage of Hector Munoz.
His opponent, Freddy Hernandez (33-8-0, 22 KOs, age 27 of Mexico City, also fought Berto for the WBC title in 2010 and lost (Guerrero beat Berto for the same title in 2012).Hernandez came back to beat Luis Collazo, then suffered a string of defeats to Erislandy Lara, Demetrius Andrade, Delvin Rodriguez, Francisco Santana, Julian Williams, and Brad Solomon. He’s managed three wins in 2015 but this will be his first bout in over a year.
This super middleweight fight could be rough and sloppy, but it doesn’t mean it won’t be entertaining. “With two Mexican warriors in the ring, the fans will be the true winners,” said Angulo.”I was off for a while but with my new trainer, Romulo Quirarte, I feel much stronger and will fight like ‘El Perro’ of old with the same passion. The fans have always been great to me and I can’t wait to put on a performance for them.”
Hernandez has the same attitude. “Fans can expect someone that will step into the ring with attitude and bravery. I’m a guy that doesn’t hold back and Angulo better be ready … I’m just ready for this fight. I worked hard and any time two Mexicans get into the ring, it’s fireworks.”
“El Perro’s” loyal supporters will be out in force and they will make plenty of noise which Angulo should draw on. He remains tough and should survive this outing, even if it’s not pretty.
Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs), a member of the 2012 Olympic Boxing Team and a two-time national amateur champion, brings the spirit of the games to the ring against Steven Martinez (16-2-0, 13 KOs) of New York via Puerto Rico. The 28-year-old Gausha has struggled to transition to the professional ranks after a long amateur career. He scored a TKO in his last bout in April, but like Guerrero and Angulo, Gausha also has something to prove.
Despite the unbeaten record, he’s not become a breakout star like his teammate Errol Spence Jr.. He needs to put on a show or fans will start losing interest in Gausha, even with an undefeated record. “I am ready to be aggressive and I am ready to change up my style in order to counter (Martinez),” said Gausha.
“I know this is going to be a tough fight. It is going to be my toughest fight to date. It is important for me to take a step up and show the world what I can do. I appreciate my fans for sticking with me. Without fans, there would be no boxing. I appreciate my fans and I want to go out there on Saturday night and give them a great show.”
Martinez said, “My parents are big boxing fans. I watched boxing all my life. The minute I walked into the boxing gym, I never looked back. I don’t put any pressure on myself. We are going to execute the game plan, win and represent the Bronx.”
Errol Spence Jr. drew a record broadcast audience of six million viewers for his knockout win last weekend against Leonard Bundu and he’s on the brink of becoming a major star with all the tools to succeed. Gausha needs to take some inspiration from Spence Jr.’s accomplishments and Saturday would be a good time to do it.
“PBC on Spike: Guerrero vs. Peralta, Angulo vs. Hernandez, Gausha vs. Martinez” airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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