Preview of October 14 fight night – PBC on ESPN

Wednesday October 14, 2015– They say adversity makes a man tougher. If that’s indeed true, then Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) and Aron Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs) could probably make it through a root canal without a hint of Novocain.

At one point in their careers, the two fighters were a combined 43-2-1, with one guy (Alexander) in possession of a world championship and the other (Martinez) on the cusp of earning a title shot.

But in recent years, both have found themselves on the wrong end of decisions against some of those aforementioned household names, including Robert Guerrero, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter and Timothy Bradley.

Then again, Alexander and Martinez have been around the block long enough to understand that one victory is all it takes to vault back into the title conversation.

Such do-or-die scenarios usually translate into explosive, tooth-rattling clashes—the kind that lead fight fans to blow up social media with posts of “Did you see that fight?!?”—so get your Twitter trigger finger ready.

Alexander vs Martinez Preview:

Not long ago, Devon Alexander was a two-time world champion who boasted a 25-1 record and a growing reputation as a dominating force in the 147-pound division. But after dropping two of his last three decisions, the St. Louis native now finds himself at a bit of a career crossroads.

On October 14, Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) will begin trying to rebuild his reputation when he takes on Aron Martinez in a scheduled 10-round Premier Boxing Champions bout from Glendale, Arizona (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

Alexander, who won titles at 140 and 147 pounds, will be returning to the ring for first time since December, when he ended up on the wrong end of a unanimous decision against Amir Khan in Las Vegas. The 5-foot-9 southpaw’s only other fight last year was a 10-round unanimous-decision victory over Jesus Soto Karass in June.

That triumph came six months after Alexander, 28, was dethroned as 147-pound champ, losing a 12-round unanimous decision to Shawn Porter.

“I’m very excited to return to the ring, and I’m anxious to show people that I’m still an elite fighter,” Alexander said. “This is a huge opportunity to be on prime time, and I’m going to make sure everything is in order at camp so I’m there 100 percent mentally and physically on fight night.”

Like Alexander, Martinez (19-4-1) enjoyed a very successful start to his career, only to fall into a bit of a funk lately.

The Mexico-born, Los Angeles-based fighter started out 18-1-1, but has dropped three of his last four contests. Most recently, the 33-year-old Martinez suffered a narrow 10-round, split-decision loss to Robert Guerrero on June 6.

That came on the heels of a five-round TKO loss to Josesito Lopez in April 2014. Martinez has just one victory—an eight-round majority-decision win over Alberto Herrera—since mid-2012.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity to fight on such a big stage against a great fighter in Devon Alexander,” Martinez said. “Arizona has a huge Mexican boxing community, and I look forward to the support from their terrific fans.”

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Lee Selby has certainly impressed the lads in Great Britain with his boxing skills. Now the pride of Barry, Wales, in the United Kingdom is set to strut his stuff on American soil for the first time—and against a former three-division world champ, no less.

After fighting exclusively in his homeland to this point in his career, Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) will carry his 126-pound title across the pond and put it on the line against veteran Fernando Montiel (54-4-2, 39 KOs), a Mexican native who has held crowns in three separate divisions during his 19-year career.

It’s a classic case of two fighters who couldn’t be more diametrically opposed: a 5-foot-9, 28-year-old, technically skilled boxer from Wales versus a 5-foot-4, 36-year-old, heavy-handed puncher from Mexico.

If you believe in the notion that styles make fights, this one has the potential to be a classic.

SELBY vs MONTIEL PREVIEW:

Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) will put his 126-pound title on the line October 14 in a 12-round battle against former three-division champFernando Montiel (54-4-2, 39 KOs). The fight is the co-main event to the Devon Alexander vs Aron Martinez clash in Glendale, Arizona.

Selby, 28, who hails from Wales, will carry a 17-fight winning streak into his U.S. debut. Meanwhile, the 36-year-old Montiel will be looking for his ninth consecutive victory, the last eight coming in his homeland of Mexico.

“It’s been my dream since I was a young boy to win the world title and then to box in a major fight in the U.S.,” said Selby, whose last two victories came by knockout. “I have the upmost respect for Fernando Montiel. He’s a three-time world champion, and we all know over here in the U.K. how tough the Mexican fighters are.

“I know the U.S. fight fans appreciate the top fighters, and I am sure I can win them over on October 14 with my skill, style and technique.”

Said Montiel: “I am very happy to have an opportunity to win another world title. I am going to make the most of this and leave everything I have in the ring. I will leave that ring with Lee Selby’s belt and with the fans cheering my name.”

Lee Selby and Fernando Montiel

(Courtesy of and By PBC Editor)


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