By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
Robert Guerrero (33-3-1 / 18 by KO) came on strong to win a ten round split decision over Aron Martinez (19-4-1 / 4 by KO) in their welterweight fight at the StubHub Center, Carson, California, in a bout televised nationally on NBC TV on Saturday, June 6.
Guerrero survived a fouth round knockdown right as round was ending. He rallied in the second half of the fight against a game Martinez who came to fight and decisively won the early rounds with harder, more damaging punches. Guerrero adjusted to fight from the outside, using his jab most effetely. Guerrero closed the show by winning the tenth and final round – to win a very close fight.
The judges scores were 97-92, 95-94 for Guerrero and 95-94 for Martinez … my unofficial scorecard was 95-94 for the winner Guerrero.
Later in the evening from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on HBO … Miguel Cotto (40-4 33 by KO) scored two knockdowns against Daniel Geale (31-4 / 16 by KO) stopping him in the forth round to successfully retain his WBC middleweight title.
The Cotto win now sets up possible future fights with Canelo Alvarez or Gennady Golovlin, and that would certainly be huge. Hopefully a match of either in this high caliber can be made sooner than later, as they will give fans the best middleweights in boxing today.
Cotto looked as good as ever against a top ranked fighter in Geale. The stoppage came at 1:28 of round four, in a one-sided fight that was never in question to whom the winner would be from the start – Miguel Cotto.