Upset specialist Aaron Martinez (20-4-1, 4KOs) of Southern California will take on world ranked Samuel Vasquez (20-0,14KOs) of Pennsylvania this Saturday. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be a WBC welterweight semifinal title eliminator. The two will be in the co-feature to the main event featuring former world champions Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero. The site of the event will be the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Tom Brown (TGB Promotions) will promote the card which will air on Fox.
It has been a long journey for Martinez who enters his 12th year as a professional boxer. He has certainly earned his current opportunity the hard way. He has been matched very tough throughout his career entering multiple bouts as the underdog. He has lost to very decent opposition but has won as well. His career took a turn for the better actually in his loss to Robert Guerrero this past June. Martinez had Guerrero down and pretty shook up early in the fight. Guerrero came back to pull out a close decision win but Martinez left with a lot of respect. He got a big opportunity his very next fight vs. former two-division world champion Devon Alexander. Some oddsmakers had Martinez a 50 to 1 underdog. Martinez took the fight to Alexader from the opening bell to the final one. He would leave no doubt this time winning a clear decision.
Vasquez is a much different fighter than Guerrero and Alexander. A much fresher fighter having not been in anywhere near the tough encounters Guerrero and Alexander had been in. The same can be said for Martinez in terms of he is a much different fighter than Vasquez has seen. Martinez has a style all of his own. This is a fight that you can see starting out as a chess match but then turning into a slugfest. Despite his upset of Alexander the odds still have Vasquez as a hefty favorite to defeat Martinez. This for sure will not bother Martinez. It’s a role that he has become accustomed to. Martinez will have the hometown fan support which seems to be a very good thing for him emotionally. Martinez regardless of location seems to always give %100 and that is too be expected again on Saturday.