GLENDALE, AZ. (September 11, 2015) – Former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (26-3, 14 KOs) returns to take on battle-tested Mexican Aron Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight clash as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on ESPN heads to Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Wednesday, October 14.
Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with the U.S. debut of featherweight world champion Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) as he takes on former three-division world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (54-4-2, 39 KOs) in the co-main event.
“I’m very excited to return to the ring and I’m anxious to show people that I’m still an elite fighter,” said Alexander. “This is a huge opportunity to be on primetime and I’m going to make sure everything is in order at camp so I’m there 100 percent mentally and physically on fight night.”
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity to fight on such a big stage against a great fighter in Devon Alexander,” said Martinez. “Arizona has a huge Mexican boxing community, and I look forward to the support from their terrific fans.”
“I’m looking forward to my USA debut in Arizona on ESPN,” said Selby. “It’s been my dream since I was a young boy to win the world title and then to box in a major fight in the U.S. I have the upmost respect for Fernando Montiel, he’s a three-time world champion and we all know over here in the UK how tough the Mexican fighters are. I know the U.S. fight fans appreciate the top fighters and I am sure I can win them over on 14th October with my skill, style and technique.”
“I am very happy to have an opportunity to win another world title,” said Montiel. “I am going to make the most of this and leave everything I have in the ring. I will leave that ring with Lee Selby’s belt and with the fans cheering my name.”
“This is a big fight for Arizona and the first world title fight in Arizona since 2004,” said Scott Maling, Owner of Ring Pros Promotions. “I was lucky enough to promote that last world title fight and I can’t wait to bring the boxing fans of Arizona a terrific night of action from start to finish, featuring some of the top talent in the sport.”
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by Ring Pros Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25 for general admission, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale today at 12 p.m. PT. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at www.gilariverarena.com.
Doors at Gila River Arena open at 3 p.m. PT with the first bout following shortly after.