After dropping a surprise decision to unheralded foe, David Peralta, what’s next for Robert Guerrero?
On Saturday, August 27, 2016, David Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KOs) scored a split-decision victory against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 14 KOs) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Guerrero is a 33-year-old California native hailing from the small town Gilroy, a farming town south of San Jose.
Guerrero, a former 147-pound champion, who once fought some of the biggest names in boxing, such us Floyd Mayweather, hoped a win against Peralta could keep him relevant as top fighter in the division; however he fell short to an unknown cab driver.
“I was a cab driver, driving cabs in Argentina. I was offered a chance to fight in the US and came away victorious,” said Peralta.
With a hard loss against a nameless fighter, will Guerrero be able to bounce back?
Guerrero is a fighter in every sense of the word, with a strong foundation of support from his family. His father Ruben Guerrero is his highly dedicated boxing trainer who turned their family’s ranch into a his son’s training ground with a boxing gym and conditioning complex.
His wife, Casey Guerrero, was a cancer patient, who battled through unsuccessful chemotherapy and survived thanks to a bone marrow transfusion.
“It is truly a blessing in what you can take from some type of adversity or tragedy that comes your way,” said Guerrero.
It is seems as though Guerrero will face this loss with the same type of courage and tenacity.
Post-fight, Guerrero spoke about the decision and about his future.
“I thought I won the fight. For the judge to say I lost eight rounds sounds crazy to me. Peralta was very awkward, but I felt I won. I won the rounds when I boxed. This is very disappointing, but I’ll be back, that you can count on.”
As Guerrero gives his word to return to the ring again, it is questionable what type of fights he will now seek. Perhaps Guerrero would benefit in avenging this loss by seeking a rematch.
The fight was very close and a rematch with a better game place could possibly swing in his favor.
It would seem most likely that Guerrero would now be placed in bouts as the tough veteran gatekeeper that is used to “test” younger prospects looking to solidify their place within the ranks of the division.
Being used to adversity, Guerrero does not seem ready to hang the gloves up just yet. “It’s how you come out of it and what you do with it that is the ultimate test of one’s character,” said Guerrero.
Guerrero fights under the nickname The Ghost, which in rough times like this may be the perfect moniker. Just when you think you’ve finally gotten rid of him, he somehow comes back.
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