Featherweight Guy Robb has heard the stories about Diego “Chico” Corrales, the late former unified lightweight world champion and junior lightweight titleholder. Robb is trained by Ray Woods, Corrales’ stepfather, who also trained Corrales.
"There are big pictures of Chico in Ray's gym in Sacramento,” Robb said. “Those pictures of Chico motivate me.”
Robb has seen a lot of those pictures lately because he is getting ready for an important fight against hard-punching Miguel Marriaga on Saturday night (UniMas, 11 ET/PT) at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada.
The winner of the scheduled 10-round fight will enhance his position for an eventual mandatory world title bout against newly crowned titlist Oscar Valdez (20-0, 18 KOs).
The 27-year-old Robb (18-1, 8 KOs) of Sacramento, California, has won 11 fights in a row since a seventh-round knockout loss to Joel Diaz Jr. in a meeting of prospects in January 2012.
He aims to upset Marriaga and said his trainer will be the key.
“Ray has been in the big fights before and he has prepared me for my big fight on Saturday night,” Robb said. “Ray gives me all of the confidence I need in a fight like this.”
Marriaga (23-1, 19 KOs), of Colombia, fought for a vacant featherweight world title in June 2015 but lost a unanimous decision to Nicholas Walters, who had been stripped of the belt the day before the fight for failing to make weight.
Since the loss, Marriaga, 29, has won three fights in a row, albeit against nondescript opposition. Now he is taking on a better class of opponent in Robb, who said he has a plan in place to defeat him.
"Marriaga has power and he likes to be in charge. He also likes to fight at his pace, not mine,” Robb said.
“I thought Marriaga fought pretty well against Walters. We will start off (against) Marriaga with hard jabs and angles to get control early.”