I read where ‘Vegas had my boy Aaron Martinez as a 50-1 ‘dog against Devon Alexander, The Great. First of all, you don’t bet on a guy that has his ‘nickname’ after his last name. What sorta’ foolishness is that? Secondly, they should’ve called me. I would’ve let them know Aaron is no 50-1 ‘dog against anybody. Now, about the fight…..
Devon Alexander (The Great) 26-3-14K v. Aaron Martinez (19-4-1d-4K)
Alexander was coming off a year long layoff and figured, ‘hmmmmm this guy has a so-so record and can’t punch (just 4 ko’s), not stylish like me and should be a nice place to start’. Martinez indeed has a modest record but has oversized cajones, so much so, I wonder how he gets his pants on in the morning. Pretty, who the hell needs ‘pretty’? Martinez leaves the prettiness to his fiancé, and she has that covered very well, thank you. He’ll handle the heavy lifting, thank you very much. As far as style goes, Aaron’s mindset is simply, ‘I’m gonna’ do whatever the hell is required to kick your ass and I don’t wanna’ hear no whining shit when the bell rings.
Devon’s big mouthed trainer Cunningham (they’re a comedy team, Devon and Kevon) obviously didn’t see the way Aaron got in The Ghost’s ass, invisible or not. I was there for that fight and Aaron won in his loss. That’s what got him the Alexander fight. He beat Guerrero up, dropped him and just ran outta’ time. Well, he had time for this fight. Showing absolutely no concerns about ‘The Great’s’ rep, took the fight right to him. Alexander seemed a bit wary at first at Martinez’s aggressiveness, but did land a few nice shots but they had no effect on Aaron. Martinez, managed by my long-time friend Hector Morales treated Devon the way he treated everybody else. He kept his head in Devon’s face not allowing him to breathe. Aaron was acting like that was his air, not to be shared. This was not a real fan friendly battle but I doubt Aaron cared, he was there to scrap and that’s all he was concerned with. Let Devon do all the grunting he wanted, his job was to win. Toward the end of one round, Aaron said, “c’mon bitch” to Alexander. Kevin Cunningham, Devon’s trainer was yelling, “man, it don’t get any easier than this” Devon kept nodding his head and from the fifth round on his ass got swept. He didn’t have a hint what to do about Aaron’s persistence. He wanted to know, ‘where’s my respect’? Shit, Martinez figured, ‘if your ass is looking for breaks, you’d better go to Sears or Midas cause I’m ALL out.
After all the close losses he’s endured due to the politics of tha’ game, I was glad to see Aaron on the right side for a change. It’s amazing how this brutal sport works, Aaron and Hector were wondering exactly where his career was headed, this late in tha’ game and now, he has a recent world titilsts’ name on his slate and it’s onward and upward. Martinez is a good guy and well deserving of his win. He’s worked hard, had a tough career but now, he’s in position to call a few plays. I’m sure with this upset win, his gym mates will be greatly inspired. WCB interviewed the likable Martinez a couple of years ago and now his career is trending and I can’t wait to speak with him about the changes. Great job to Aaron, Hector and the whole Martinez team! That damn ref was getting on my nerves though, with his constant chatter and getting his fat ass too much in the mix.
Earlier, Lee Selby (21-1-8k) from Austrailia, made his US debut in a rough outing against the ‘ol vet Fernando Montiel (54-4-2D-39k) and came away a winner. For a moment, I was thinkin PBS stood for ‘pretty boring card’, but things got a bit more interesting, but IA doubt Selby put any fears in anybody on this side of the ocean. Maybe it was nerves, mate.