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19 DECEMBER 2014

 

Robert Guerrero Gets The Standing Eight


By Derek Bonnett: The sport of boxing is going to be losing some of its biggest names within the next year or so. Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, and Joe Calzaghe have all made it clear that there are only one or two fights left in their respective tanks, but their ghosts will linger and motivate younger fighters to strive for the popularity and the financial heights attained by each of them.

Pretty soon, we will be looking to other fighters to fill the void and the Pay-Per-View slots left vacant by the aforementioned pugilists. Miguel Cotto’s star should still be shining brightly, Manny Pacquiao’s invasion of higher weight classes has the attention of the fans, and Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik’s drawing power will only enhance as long as he keeps on winning.

One ghost that doesn’t get mentioned as often as he should is 22-1-1 (15) Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. Guerrero’s accomplishments are only in the early stages as far as world championship caliber fighters go, but he’s looked impressive in defeating Enrique Sanchez, Eric Aiken, Spend Abazi, and Martin Honorio inside of the distance. After his most recent outing, an eighth round KO of Jason Litzau in defense of the IBF featherweight championship, it seems the boxing world is ready to see Guerrero in a super fight type bout.

Below is a Question And Answer interview with Robert Guerrero


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1.) Robert, first of all, how are things on the home front? There was some talk before the Honorio fight about your wife’s health.

RG: Right now things are going good. My wife is in remission with her cancer and she’s been feeling great as of late. I want to thank everyone in the boxing community for all their prayers and support.

2.) Where does the "Ghost" nickname come from? Is there a story about how you came to own it?

RG: I got that name when I started going to the gym with my dad who would train my brothers. Once I started making people miss, they started calling me the Ghost. It’s for being elusive.

3.) At the age of 25, is your career looking the way you expected it? Have you met your expectations, gone beyond, or still working to get where you want to?

RG: When I turned pro at the age of 18, my goal was to be a world champion. I’ve accomplished that goal and I want more. It’s been a tough road to the top. Bringing back the title from Denmark (against Spend Abazi) has put me on another level mentally. I feel I’m ready to fight all the big names at 126 and 130.

4.) What do you know about Jorge Linares and how important is fighting him to you?

RG: Jorge Linares is a good fighter, but he will have his hands full if we ever fight. I would love to fight him and unify the belts at 126. I believe unification bouts are what the fans want to see, so that fight is very important.

5.) Although the bout now exists as a No-Contest, do you have any desire to meet Orlando Salido again to rectify things?

RG: I’ll fight anyone. Salido is a cheater though. He doesn’t deserve a shot in my opinion. If anyone thinks that steroids doesn’t make a difference just ask Carl Lewis in regards to Ben Johnson. He never did beat Lewis again.

6.) When do you expect to return to the ring and who is being tossed around as the possible opponent?

RG: Not sure when I’ll be back in the ring. I want to fight any one of the champion’s at 126 or 130.

7.) What’s the biggest fight in boxing right now? What makes you think so?

RG: Cotto vs Margarito. That fight is going to be a classic. Puerto Rico vs Mexico…East Coast vs West Coast. I mean, that is the fight that every boxing fan wants to see: two of the best fighting each other. Styles make fights and Cotto’s speed vs Margarito’s power and great chin will make for an entertaining fight.

8.) Cotto-Margarito is certainly one of the big blockbuster fights on the horizon. How do you see this fight unfolding and whats your pick?

RG: I think Cotto will outbox Margarito if he doesn’t get caught. Margarito is tough though and it won’t be easy. I’m leaning toward the style of Cotto to win on points.

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