SAN DIEGO, June 6, 2015 – Robert Guerrero is never in a bad fight from a fan’s point of view, but he often puts himself at risk mixing it up in the ring on his way to the result.
In his fight Saturday against Aron Martinez, Guerrero took plenty of punishment in the early rounds from a surprisingly accurate Martinez, including a knockdown in the fourth round. Guerrero was hit hard, and the fight might have ended there if the bell hadn’t sounded and given Guerrero a chance to recover.
Recover he did though, and Guerrero relied on his excellent conditioning and veteran’s experience to score a split decision win. The scorecards reach 95-94 for Martinez, another 95-94 for Guerrero, and 97=92 by judge Jerry Cantu. Fans booed the final scorecard. Guerrero clearly won, but not by such a margin.
Guerrero admitted as much after the fight he lets things get a little out of hand at times. “I’m one of those guys that I once I start exchanging on the inside, I tend to like it a little bit too much,” Guerrero said of being lured early into a firefight with Martinez. “My team gets a little bit mad at me. I had to get back on my game and start boxing him.”
According to CompuBox, Guerrero landed 120 of 571 punches and 101 of 370 power punches.Martinez landed 114 of 451 total punches and 113 of 374 power punches.
Guerrero (33-3-1, 8 KOs) said after his fight with Keith Thurman he didn’t get in gear until the later rounds because he had taken so much time off. He had no such excuse Saturday, but once again it seemed to take Guerrero a few rounds to get into a groove. He was fortunate that Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs) wasn’t able to keep up the pace for the entire 10 rounds, or this report would be quite different.
Bear in mind, Guerrero got in the ring against Floyd Mayweather, Thurman, and other big names in the welterweight division. He ducks no one, but he hasn’t won decisively in several years. But as long as the fights are crowd pleasing there will always be a place for Guerrero in the sport.
Martinez said after the bout the thought he had won. “I’m very happy with my performance. It was important for me to give the fans a good fight,” said Martinez. He called himself and Guerrero “two warriors” and was appreciative for the opportunity to fight in front of a national TV audience.
In the first televised fight, heavyweight and former U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale hoped to put a few more rounds in, but had to be content with three after scoring a third round knockout to remain undefeated (15-0, 14 KOs) against Yasmany Consuegra (17-1, 14 KOs) of Cuba, his first professional loss. It was Breazeale’s fight all the way. At one point after a knockdown early in the third round, Breazeale yelled at Consuergra to get up. He’ll have to face tougher opposition if he wants more ring time.
Jesus Cuellar of Argentina (27-1, 20 KOs) scored an eighth round knockout over 39-year-old veteran Vic Darchiyan (40-8-1, 29 KOs) to retain his featherweight belt. Darchinyan wasn’t a pushover, and he seemed to truly enjoy himself in the ring, scoring several times but without the power needed to do serious damage.
Cuellar dropped Darchinyan in the eighth round, and the veteran should have nevr tried to get up. He did, the referee allowed him to continue, and Cuellar pounced on him. Darchinyan’s corner yelled at the referee to stop the fight, but not before he took a few unnecessary blows. Cuellar is among a talented lineup of boxers in the featherweight division including Nicholas Watlers, Vasyl Lomachenko, Gary Russell Jr., Abner Mares, and now Lee Selby.
Argentina’s Fabian Maidana sent an overwhelmed David Nelson home with a stoppage 1:22 into the first round of their welterweight bout. He is now 7-0 with six knockout. Maidana has a keen sense of urgency I the ring and the punching skills to back him up. It’s only a matter of time before more fans than the few still lingering in the StubHub Center get to see him perform. It’s something for you to look forward to seeing.
The biggest cheers of the entire afternoon went up for Southern California fan favorite Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. Angulo’s welterweight bout ended at 2:19 of the fifth after he made a game Delray Raines take a knee twice in te prior round, and had him down again in the fifth before Raines finally met his end. Who can tell what Angulo’s future is, but he’s battled well in many fights and there is likely plenty of fight left in this perro.
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.
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