By Rich Mancuso
After losing a unanimous decision to the undefeated Danny Garcia for the vacant WBC World welterweight title back in January, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero still believed there was a lot of fight left in him. At 33-years of age and a multi-division champion there is every possibility that Guerrero is far from done.
“The welterweight division has a lot of pretty good fighters that I want to get in the ring with,” Guerrero said this week as he puts the final preparation in for a headline fight against Emanuel Peralta (25-2, 1. 14 KO’s) a tough puncher from Argentina.
A win over Peralta on the Premier Boxing Champions card, to be televised on the Spike Cable Network next Saturday August 27 from the Honda Center in Anaheim California, and Guerrero, a southpaw, is far from done and could be in that competitive and testy welterweight mix.
He has been there, losing to the WBA champion Keith Thurman last year. That was also by unanimous decision, and went the distance two years ago in a one-sided loss as Floyd Mayweather Jr. continued to make his mark on boxing history.
But there has never been the desire to call it a day. Guerrero is a fighter that strongly believes the best is yet to come, even though the boxing world had him out of the title mix after his loss to Mayweather. In between there was a good win over Aaron Martinez at the Stubhub Aenea in Carson California.
Guerrero, (34-4-1, 18 KO’s) had the jab working that night, though it was not Mayweather and Thurman in the ring with him. It was the Robert Guerrero who stepped in the boxing ring at a young age and worked his way to two featherweight and junior lightweight titles.
“There’s been a lot of hard work that’s been put into this recent camp,” said Guerrero. “My dad and I have been grinding daily to get ready for this fight. It’s been a productive camp though. I got a lot of rounds sparring with top guys. I’m in tip top shape and ready to go.”
His father, Ruben has been instrumental in getting Robert ready for this latest run for another title quest. They work well together and closed the door the past few months out in the Bay area of California. This is what boxing is all about and the ability to go that extra mile.
The skeptics will not get to Robert Guerrero who is all about boxing and family. The American born fighter, who grew up in Gilroy California, has always been around a boxing ring.
He said about Peralta, who is not just another opponent: “Anytime you’re facing a fighter from Argentina you know you’re in for a tough fight. Peralta knows this is his chance to make a name for himself so I know he’s coming with his very best. He’s had a lot of time to prepare for this fight but I’ll be well prepared for anything he brings.”
And, Guerrero gets to fight again close to home. The Honda Center and in Southern California is the place where fans are passionate and appreciate his style.
“”Anytime you’re fighting in Southern California,” he said, “you know the fans are going to be passionate about the fights. They love to see a lot of action and that’s exactly what they’ll see when I step in the ring. The Honda Center is a top level venue where the fans will all have a great seat. I’m looking forward to fighting in front of the vocal fans once again.”
And there is this recurring message from the fighter who got the name “Ghost” because one never knows when the big punch will come.
“He’s going to realize once he’s in the ring with me that I’m not some washed up fighter like some may think,” Guerrero says about his opponent. “I got plenty of fight left in me and Peralta wll find out what I’m all about.”
So will the boxing world next Saturday night. Does Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero have that one big fight left and if so, what welterweight champion will be on the radar?