On September 18th at the Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL PBC will be returning to BounceTV for the second time featuring a three-bout card headlined by Caleb Truax (25-2-2, 15 KOs) vs. Fernando Guerrero (27-3, 19 KOs).
The 10-round main event which is billed as “two middleweight brawlers” provides an opportunity to help redeem either fighters’ career both coming off disappointing knockout losses against two top five middleweights.
Caleb “Golden” Truax, suffered a late stoppage loss against Daniel Jacobs in his previous fight while the Dominican-born southpaw Fernando Guerrero, is only two bouts removed from the vicious knockout against the IBF title holder David Lemieux. Considering the depth of the PBC network, a good showing for either or both fighters will presumably land themselves back on national television.
The co-main event features a solid prospect Jamal James (17-0, 9 KOs) taking a step up fight vs. Juan Carlos Abreu (18-1-1, 17 KOs) scheduled for 10 rounds in the welterweight division.
Jamal James, who fights out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, at 6’3, could potentially be a matchup nightmare for any welterweight if he gets past the tough battle tested Dominican.
Abreu, having only one loss (a unanimous decision to Humberto Soto in 2014), looks to punish the tall, lanky prospect and push his career forward with his devastating power shown at welterweight.
The opening bout of the telecast gives the national audience an opportunity to see a highly touted prospect fighting near his hometown.
In an eight-round jr. middleweight bout, the Central Florida based Erickson Lubin (11-0, 8 KOs) faces the veteran journeyman Orlando Lara (35-5-2, 19 KOs).
Lubin, who is only 19 years old, has impressed many showing steady progression in his career to this date. Although Lara has lost and has been knocked out when fighting upper echelon competition, it will help boxing fans gauge exactly where “The Hammer” is in his career based on his performance.
While the main event and undercard may seem underwhelming on paper, we have an opportunity to see two young prospects in step-up bouts in addition to a potential war of two veterans fighting to justify relevance in their careers’.
It is worth mentioning that the viewership on the inaugural PBC on BounceTV was only slightly less than that of last Friday’s Spike TV card headlined by WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (average viewership 459,000 for PBC on BounceTV and 635,000 for Spike).
The unexpected success of boxing on BounceTV by many PBC skeptics, hopefully, give these fighters an extra motivating factor to show up and put on a show for the fans of this great sport.