David Emmanuel Peralta; a relatively unknown argentine fighter making his U.S. debut; scored a huge upset split decision victory over former 2 division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero tonight in the main event of PBC on Spike TV from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Guerrero, 33-5, 18 KO’s, came out strong in the first half of the bout, fighting a safer, more technical fight than usual and landing hard straight left hands. Peralta, 26-2-1, 14 KO’s, suffered a cut over his right eye in the third round. But after the fifth round, the fight began to turn around as Peralta started to time Guerrero and land effective counter punches. Peralta took control of the second half of the fight, eventually walking Guerrero down; landing hard combinations and finished the fight strong. The judges scored the fight 115-113 Peralta, 115-113 Guerrero, and 116-112 in favor of Peralta. There is no doubt that this is the biggest win of Peralta’s career, and we are sure to see more of him in the future. Guerrero’s future is now up in the air; as this is the fourth loss in his last six fights.
In the co-main event; veteran fighter Freddy Hernandez, 34-8, 22 KO’s, outworked former 2004 Mexican Olympian Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, 24-6, 20 KO’s, to win a wide unanimous decision. Both fighters came into the ring after a one-year layoff, but Hernandez was the faster, more accurate fighter from start to finish. Angulo pressed forward the whole fight throwing hard punches, but wasn’t very effective despite opening a cut above Hernandez’ left eye at the end of the fifth round. Angulo seemed to have more success in the latter portion of the fight, but it wasn’t enough to win more than three rounds on the judges’ scorecards (98-92, 97-93, 97-93) against the busier, more effective Hernandez.
In the opening bout of the evening; undefeated super welterweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha, 19-0, 9 KO’s, won a majority decision over the Bronx’s Steve Martinez, 16-3, 13 KO’s. early on in the fight; it was back and forth action, with both fighters pushing each other back and landing combinations. Martinez seemed to pull ahead in the middle rounds, as he worked the body of Gausha effectively. Gausha turned it around in the seventh round, using his jab and landing combinations. He continued to box well the rest of the fight to earn a majority decision. The judges scored the fight 95-95, and 97-93 twice, in favor of Gausha.