Former two division world champion Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) will be taking a tune-up fight this Saturday night against Aaron Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round fight on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN at the Gila River Arena, in Glendale, Arizona. Alexander, 28, has lost 2 out of his last 3 fights in losses to Amir Khan and Shawn Porter. The only win that Alexander has won lately was against Jesus Soto Karass.
Alexander looked really awful in losing to Khan in his last fight. Instead of putting pressure on Khan, Alexander tried to box him and it was a real disaster. Khan easily out-boxed Alexander by using his superior hand speed advantage.
Alexander looks like he no longer has a place in the welterweight division among the top fighters in the division. He briefly held the IBF 147kb division in 2014, but right now it doesn’t look like it’s possible for Alexander to win a title with the current champions and top contenders. Alexander might be better off moving back down to light welterweight because his lack of punching power would likely be less of an issue for him at 140 compared to at 147.
The 33-year-old Martinez could prove to be a really difficult obstacle for Alexander, as he was arguably robbed in his last fight against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in losing a 10 round split decision last June. Martinez fought a lot better than he did in getting stopped by Josesito Lopez last year in April 2014. Martinez was beaten by Jessie Vargas by a 10 round decision in September 2012.
Also on the card is IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby making his maiden defense against 36-year-old Fernando Montiel, a former three division world champion. It’s a mismatch on paper, but it’s possible that the 5’4″ Montiel will be able to get to Selby with some of his power shots if he can reach up high enough to connect. Selby is 5’8″, and much bigger than Montiel.