Guerrero Back on Spike TV in Triple-Header

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Robert Guerrero is among the biggest names in boxing today, having fought the sport’s marquee names like Floyd Mayweather. A former world champion in multiple weight classes, he owns signature victories over Andre Berto and Joel Casamayor. But now Guerrero is on a quest to return to the top of the welterweight division beginning with this matchup on August 27. He must defeat the hard-hitting Argentinian slugger David Emanuel Peralta to see his dreams of sitting atop the division realized once again.

The tripleheader also features all-action slugger Alfredo Angulo (24-5)taking on battle-tested Freddy Hernandez (33-8)in a battle of Mexican brawlers. A fan favorite in Southern California, Angulo enters this fight coming off of two knockout victories and he will look to make it three in a row when he steps into the ring on August 27. A veteran of many exciting 154-pound contests, Angulo is looking to continue to make noise in the middleweight division against Hernandez, who has won his last three fights heading into this showdown.

Rounding out the night of televised fights is 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0) putting his undefeated record on the line against the Bronx’s Steve Martinez (16-2). Fighting out of Cleveland, Gausha has risen up the rankings with five victories in 2015 and a seventh round stoppage of Orlando Lora in April. Now he will test himself against against the dangerous Martinez, who has recorded knockouts in 13 of his 16 victories.

Tickets for the August 27 event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $31, $58, $108 and $203, plus applicable fees, and are on sale Wednesday, July 20. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster retail locations or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the Honda Center Box Office.

Robert Guerrero vs Aron Martinez Headline June 6th at StubHub. Arreola, Angulo & Darchinyan in Feat. Bouts

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CARSON, CALIF (May 11, 2015) – Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring as he squares off against Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday afternoon, June 6 as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.

Also featured on the card are perennial stars Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-5, 18 KOs) who will compete in separate bouts. Rounding out action is a sure to be action packed featherweight showdown as Jesus Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) battles Vic Darchinyan (40-7-1, 29 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.

“I’m very happy to be making a quick return to the ring, especially on NBC.” said Guerrero. “It’s an honor to be fighting at StubHub Center once again as the main event. I’m going to bring it like always and give the fans an exciting fight. I can’t wait for the bell to ring!”

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to fight Robert Guerrero on network television,” said Martinez. “Since my last fight, I’ve been in the gym working extremely hard. I want to shock the world and beat ‘The Ghost.’ Make no mistake about it, I’m coming to win.”

“I am so happy to be getting back in the ring so soon after my last fight [March 13],” said Arreola. “The opportunity to stay busy and fight at StubHub Center is great and I plan on showcasing my skills.”

“I am grateful for the chance to fight on such a great card in Southern California where I have fought several times before,” said Angulo. “I see this as an important fight for me and I know that the fans won’t be disappointed.”

“We’re very excited to return to StubHub Center and work with the
NBC team on an action-packed card” said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “Robert Guerrero and Aron Martinez will provide fireworks from the opening bell in
the main event and we’ll be adding a full card of terrific undercard fights
for a complete afternoon of entertainment for Southern California fight fans.”

The 32-year-old Guerrero out of Gilroy, California owns victories over Andre Berto, Selcuk Aydin and Michael Katsidis. He most recently electrified fans with an exciting performance against Keith Thurman on the inaugural PBC card on March 7 of this year. A former world champion in four weight classes, Guerrero looks to put on another outstanding performance on June 6 at StubHub Center.

Born in Uruapan, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico, but fighting out of East Los Angeles, Martinez makes his StubHub Center debut on June 6. The 33-year-old turned pro in 2005 and won his first seven starts before a technical draw in 2007 against Vito Gaspayran. A tough fighter Martinez strung together 10 straight victories between 2009 and 2012..

The 34-year-old Arreola defeated Curtis Harper in a thrilling heavyweight showdown on March 13 in Ontario, Calif. Born in Escondido, Calif. but fighting out of Los Angeles, Arreola has long been one of the most feared punchers in the heavyweight division. Having challenged the best in the division, Arreola knows what it takes to succeed at this level and looks to entertain his hometown fans on June 6.

A hard fighting Mexican warrior born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico but fighting out of Coachella, Calif., Angulo is looking for a big victory in front of his adopted hometown fans. Always ready to challenge the best in the sport, the 32-year-old has gone toe-to-toe with some of the best fighters in the world and holds knockout victories over Gabriel Rosado, Joachim Alcine and Joel Julio.

A fast-rising star out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cuellar looks to make it 10 victories in a row when he battles Darchinyan on June 6. His power in both hands has led him to six knockouts of his last nine victories including a second round destruction of Puerto Rican icon Juan Manuel Lopez in Sept. 2014. The 28-year-old will make his first career start in California when he enters the ring at StubHub Center.

Looking to put himself back into the discussion of top featherweights, the 39-year-old Darchinyan comes in with the kind of experience to topple the explosive Cuellar. A former world champion, the fighter from Armenia who fights out of Glendale, California is coming off of a ninth-round TKO over Juan Jimenez in February of this year. Having fought against top contenders such as Abner Mares, Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters, Darchinyan also owns victories over Yonnhy Perez, Jorge Arce and Cristian Mijares.

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Light-Middleweight Liam Smith Gives Assessment of Current Crop of International Belt Holders

British light-middleweight boss Liam Smith edges ever closer to the major international titles.

The 26 year old Liverpudlian is now undefeated in 20 and holds world rankings with the IBF, WBA and WBO.

And the lad they call ‘Beefy’ will be looking to improve on his listing with the latter sanctioning crew when he debates their Inter-Continental strap against 22 year old Argentinean David Ezequiel Romero on the huge Echo Arena bill in his home city of Liverpool this Saturday, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490, Virgin 546, Talk Talk 525).

Remaining tickets are available from the Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 or echoarena.com and Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or eventim.co.uk

Speaking with boxing writer Glynn Evans, the poker faced Scouser, a serious student of the sport, casts his eye over the current crop of international belt holders.    

Jack Culcay (reigning European champion): Culcay was world amateur champion and he was a very good amateur because he was a strong little bull who worked very hard. But I don’t rate him as a pro. I expected he’d be far better quality than he’s been. 

When he unloads, he stays low and can throw very impressive six and seven shot volleys but then he eases off and goes for a walk. He doesn’t throw enough punches per round. He just fights in bursts and seems to model himself on other German based fighters like Arthur Abraham and Felix Sturm.

Culcay’s not the hardest to catch and I don’t think he takes the best shot. Isaac Real dropped him and I’ve seen him hurt other times.

I’d be very confident. His style is my ideal to fight. He’s not awkward and he doesn’t run away. I’m not sure Frank would risk sending me there but I even think I could beat him in Germany.

Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (reigning IBF champion): I think ‘K9’ has to be the easiest route to a world title, the weakest of the four champions. I don’t rate him at all. Technically, he’s very poor. Look at still photos of him and his non punching hand dangles by his waist. 

That said, he’s had several good wins over good fighters like Carlos Molina, (Zaurbek) Baysangurov, Cory Spinks twice, and Sechew Powell plus he’s a two time world champion. He must be better than he looks. He’s obviously very fit, super strong and he can bang a bit. 

He uses his natural awkwardness to his advantage and, though he’s just 5ft 6 and I’m 5ft 9 ½ I guarantee he’s got a longer reach than me. His arms are crazy long.

The secret to beating Bundrage is to stay clever and outbox him, without running away. Keep it tidy; plenty of straight, sharp shots.

Demetrius Andrade (reigning WBO champion): Good fighter. Like Culcay, he was a world amateur gold medallist and he also went the Olympics.

He’s a slick, classy southpaw who seems to be getting better with every fight. Andrade’s got good variety and hits the body well. He’s also very big for 11stone; every fighter’s nightmare opponent, a 6ft 1in left hander.

He got dropped early doors against Vanes Martirosyan when he jumped in so you have to question how well he takes a shot but other than that there are no obvious faults.

He looked very impressive demolishing Brian Rose but Brian just stood in front of him and let him tee off. Your best bet against Andrade is to apply educated pressure and not fall into his traps.  When I beat Romero for the WBO Intercontinental title I will be another step closer to him.

Erislandy Lara (reigning WBA champion): At his best, Lara is a very slick operator. He’s good with the jab and straight back hand. The Lara who dropped a contentious split decision to ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is a very hard man to fight. Probably because of the fear factor, he just didn’t stay still and used his jab to continually off set ‘Canelo’. 

However, he lacks a bit of variety and can blow hot and cold. The Lara that fought Ishe Smith and Alfredo Angulo is very beatable. Angulo got to him with pressure and, against Ishe, Lara was plain lazy.

I’d place Lara and Andrade on a par. I’d love to see that fight. Lara can’t hurt you and I’d probably not invoke the fear factor which brings out the best in him. I could spring a surprise.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr. (reigning WBC champion): I’m a realist. He’d probably outclass me but I’m unlikely to get too badly hurt. You’d get easily the best dough so, of the four champions, Floyd’s the one I’d most like to face. It’d be a privilege to share a ring with a great and find out exactly how good he is.

Even up at light-middle, conceding natural weight and coming to the end of his brilliant career, he’s still the best of the champions.  He knows how to win and is so good at adapting mid fight to whatever the opponent brings. He ruins people.

How do you beat him? You can’t. He’s still too good!

Liam Williams (reigning Commonwealth champion): Right now at British level, I think Liam is at about the stage that he should be at, for someone his age. He’s got a very good jab and clearly has a strong bond with Gary Lockett who ensures he stays disciplined. But he’s quite a way behind me at the minute.

Williams is probably ready for any of the rest who are behind me. I’d be surprised if he didn’t pick up the British once I choose to vacate.   

I’ve always dreamed of having a big money domestic rival that could really heighten my profile. Down the line, me and Williams should be a pretty easy fight to make, what with us both being with Frank (Warren).