Yesterday, PBC sent out a press release for its May 15th Luis Nery-Brandon Figueroa tripleheader on Showtime. The main event and the co-feature between Danny Roman and Ricardo Espinoza remain intact, though the opening bout has received an adjustment. Rather than meet Abraham Montoya, prospect Xavier Martinez will take on former title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos.
Burgos (34-4-2, 21 KO), now more than 16 years into his pro career, got robbed of a belt when the judges labeled his clear 2013 win over Roman Martinez a draw. Subsequent steps up in class proved less successful, as he fell to Mikey Garcia, Devin Haney, and Hector Tanajara over the span of six years. He doesn’t figure to pose much more of a threat than Montoya, though none of the men mentioned above managed to put him on the canvas.
Martinez (16-0, 11 KO) was last seen surviving two knockdowns to win a decision over dangerous veteran Claudio Marrero in October.
The provided quotes for each fight:
“This is one of the biggest fights of my career,” said Nery. “I am going to win this fight in spectacular fashion. I’m training hard every day to make sure I get the win on May 15. This is my time to make history for Mexico.”
“Training camp out here in California with Joel Diaz has been amazing,” said Figueroa. “I’m in tremendous shape and I’ll be ready to go on May 15. This is really one of the best training camps of my career. I know Nery is a tough fighter, maybe my toughest test to date. I’m 24 now, so it’s time for me to start fighting these world class fighters and prove to myself that I belong in there with the best fighters. I know Stephen Fulton is lined up for the winner of this fight, but I’m preparing 110% for Nery. I know he’s not just any fighter, so I’m doing everything I can to come away with the win on May 15.”
“I’m delighted to be fighting once again and can’t wait to step into the ring May 15 on SHOWTIME,” said Roman. “Ricardo Espinoza is a very tough fighter with a lot of heart. I know this fight is going to be another war and I’m fully prepared to go to battle. I’ve stayed in shape since my last fight, so fans can expect to see me throw a lot of punches. I’m going to make this fight a classic Mexican showdown.”
“I’m training as hard as I ever have for this opportunity on May 15,” said Espinoza. “I feel strong and prepared for anything Roman is going to throw at me. I know that he’s an accomplished fighter, but I have all of the tools to be victorious and win an exciting fight that the fans are going to love.”
“I’ve felt great in camp and have already been preparing hard for this opponent,” said Martinez. “My last fight was an incredible experience. The biggest thing it taught me is just because you’re winning, don’t fall asleep at the wheel. That’s the same mentality I’m taking into this fight. I proved in my last fight that I can box and can hang with the best in the sport. This is a side many haven’t seen because I’ve been decapitating my previous opponents. The world is going to see how much versatility I carry in my skill set. May 15 is another day in the office, and it’s time to work!”
“This is another opportunity for me to show that I have a lot left to give in the ring,” says Burgos. “Martínez doesn’t have a strong chin, as everyone saw when he got dropped twice by Claudio Marrero in his last fight. I’ve been training hard and waiting for an opportunity like this. Fans can expect an explosive performance on May 15.”