Thursday October 15, 2015– Devon Alexander “The Great” returned to take on battle-tested Mexican Aron Martinez in a 10-round welterweight clash at Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) that was aired on Wednesday October 14, 2015 on ESPN at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
From the get-go, Martinez attempted to make the fight ugly, plowing Alexander into the ropes, grappling and mugging, and leaning on the former two-division world champ in what seemed like an attempt to drain his energy and negate his hand-speed advantage.
Alexander was at best when fighting in the center of the ring, where he was able to turn Martinez and benefit from his faster fists to land shots and then get out of the way.
Martinez did his best to penetrate Alexander’s defense through sheer relentless activity and began to succeed after some slowgoing early in the fight, when the action was measured.
By the middle rounds, Martinez was able to find his rhythm, landing uppercuts and refusing to allow Alexander to elude his charge.
Late in Round 8, Martinez snapped Alexander’s head back with a thundering right, wobbling the southpaw as Martinez unleashed a flurry of punches that appeared to have Alexander in trouble before the round came to an end.
Martinez continued to go for broke the remainder of the slow-simmering fight, which came to a boil late. It was Alexander who felt the burn as Martinez scored the upset in a unanimous decision.
Aron Martinez works inside against Devon Alexander during their 147-pound bout in Glendale, Arizona.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENT:
- –The fight got off to a measured start, with neither Devon Alexander nor Aron Martinez landing many clean shots as the early rounds featured much grappling as Alexander attempted to fight from a distance behind his jab while Martinez played the raging bull, coming forward relentlessly.
- –Martinez landed a punishing right hand in Round 8 that wobbled Alexander and appeared to have him hurt before the round came to an end.
- –During the latter half of the fight, Martinez was able to hammer through Alexander’s defense, punishing him on the ropes and outworking him on the way to winning a unanimous decision.
The underdog proved to have plenty of bite, as Aron Martinez pulled off an upset of Devon Alexander in a rugged war of attrition.
Selby, making his American debut in Glendale, Arizona, successfully defended his 126-pound world title against Fernando Montiel, who fell short in his attempt to become the fourth Mexican fighter to win a world championship in four weight classes.
Working behind a rifling jab, Selby used his length to his advantage early, circling Montiel in the center of the ring and controlling the distance.
Beginning in Round 3, Selby began to let his hands go more after bludgeoning Montiel with the aforementioned jab, landing some hard rights and buckling his opponent’s knees with one in a series of crisp lefts.
Montiel did his best to get inside on Selby and get some shots off, cornering the Welshman toward the end of Round 4 and peppering him with combos. He built on this momentum, culminating in Round 6, when Montiel repeatedly hammered Selby with left hands until the champion’s eye became red and swollen.
Selby, who did very little body work in the first half of the fight, began to target Montiel’s ribs in Rounds 7 and 8, grinding away down low and then going up top.
Montiel continued to come forward gamely, pressing the action throughout the night and having his moments, cracking Selby with a snapping right in Round 10 and then scoring with some uppercuts.
Selby consistently landed the harder shots, however, rocking Montiel with both hands en route to winning a unanimous decision and retaining his world title.
Lee Selby scores with a right hand during his 126-pound title defense against Fernando Montiel in Glendale, Arizona.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENT:
- –Lee Selby used his height and reach advantages early, working behind a pistoning jab from the outset, which set Fernando Montiel up for a series of hard left and right hands in Round 3.
- –Montiel was able to briefly swing the momentum his way in the middle of the fight, having a particularly successful Round 6, when he was able to get inside and tag Selby with combinations.
- –After beginning to target the body more in Round 7, Selby began to pull away in the latter half of the fight, controlling the range and landing the harder, more precise shots on his way to earning a unanimous decision in the first defense of his 126-pound world title.
After crossing the pond for his first U.S. fight, Lee Selby proceeded to submarine his opponent in equally deep waters.
(Content and By: PBC Editor)(Photo Credit: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)
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