Robert Guerrero vs Peralta, Alfredo Angulo vs Freddy Hernandez, Terrell Gausha vs Martinez
BY KID HERSH
From the Honda Center in Anaheim California came PBC on Spike. They called this a doubleheader because the MMA ring from yesterday night turned into a boxing ring tonight.
First up was Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9KO's) vs Steve Martinez (16-2, 13KO's). Martinez started out fast as he went right at Gausha, pressing him around the ring and being the first to engage. Gausha countered with some nice punches, particularly a right hand over the top, but Martinez got off to a good start and the right idea for a game plan. Gausha came alive more in the second round, unleashing quick combinations to catch Martinez and stop him in his tracks. He wouldn't blink though, even after taking Gausha's best shots, and would just continue forward. In the third round Martinez dug to Gausha's body but the effects were not showing just yet or in the next round as Gausha took back over with his jab that he started to really pump consistently as well as his movement. The movement was not super effective but in the fourth it did seem to cut Martinez's work rate. The rounds were tough to score for the next couple as Martinez was pressing forward and getting his shots in but Gausha had the excellent jab going - albeit at times, not consistently. Martinez's body work was appearing to pay off as the sixth round came around and Gausha was getting trapped on the ropes and breathing heavy. Gausha would dig deep and hit his second wind in the seventh round though as he boxed beautifully in the center of the ring. Instead of moving straight back in lines he was circling Martinez and jabbing and getting off right hands while quickly moving back out of range before Martinez could do anything about it. In the late rounds Martinez was pressing in a workmanlike fashion but he was very predictable. Gausha couldn't hurt him but he was again outboxing him in excellent fashion. In the ninth round in particular Gausha seemed to get a burst of energy and not only throw combinations but really sit down on his shots and even press forward, which he hasn't done much in this fight. Martinez was not gassing out, he was simply getting outboxed by the better man as both are in excellent condition. The tenth and final round start off hot but settled into a rhythm from previous rounds as Gausha gave ground and moved around the ring with Martinez following him - neither man super effective to close the show. Gausha would win the MD though and I thought he did indeed deserve the nod.
Next up was Alfredo Angulo (24-5, 20KO's) vs Freddy Hernandez (33-8, 22KO's). Hernandez got off to a quick start as he nailed Angulo with jabs and right hands. The target was not hard to hit due to Angulo being slow as molasses in January. This continued on into the second round with Angulo landing a couple shots now - namely right hands - although nothing flush still. Angulo's face was turning red from getting pelted so much by the end of the third round. He was chasing Hernandez around the ring but too slow of hand and foot. Angulo got hurt in the fourth round from a body shot and was actually backing up. Any time Angulo is backing up in a fight that is how you know he is losing badly! Hernandez has neither the power or killer instinct to take him out though, as evidenced by Angulo backing into the ropes still hurt and Hernandez stood in the center of the ring staring at him. Eventually he waved Angulo out of the corner - Angulo obliging because he was recouped by that point. Angulo came right back in the fifth round by landing wild looping punches, as well as low blows and head butts. He drew the first blood of the fight from the sloppy, rough tactics and things were suddenly looking good for the well past it fighter. Hernandez was still boxing very well though and clearly ahead on the cards but that cut was becoming a problem again in the sixth round as Angulo re-opened it from a good right hand and it was looking even more ugly. Angulo was taking two to three punches to try and land one but any time he landed one it was just not straight enough or timed well enough to do much damage on Hernandez. Angulo just couldn't land the punch he needed to going down the stretch and Hernandez would win the wide UD.
Main event time featuring Robert Guerrero (33-4-1, 18KO's) vs David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14KO's). In the first round Peralta looked a bit nervous and jumpy on his toes while Guerrero was settling into a good boxing rhythm and timing out Peralta with straight lefts that were thudding home clean.