ROBERT ‘THE GHOST’ GUERRERO
“2012 FIGHTER OF THE YEAR”
GUERRERO VOTED “2012 FIGHTER OF THE YEAR”
BY WORLD RENOWNED BOXING WRITER DAVID AVILA
Robert Guerrero raises his arm after the final round of a WBC interim welterweight title fight against Andre Berto in Ontario on Nov. 24,. Guerrero won by unanimous decisio – Photo /AP
By David Avila – The Press-Enterprise
December 18, 2012 – Among the thousands of prizefighters in the world, the one who stood out the most in 2012 was Northern California’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
The year saw a number of boxing performances that could not be ignored, including recent fight cards in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York that shed light on old names and new faces. Now we look back at the best performances of the year.
Fighter of the Year
When Guerrero returned to the ring after a 15-month layoff due to surgery of an old shoulder injury, instead of returning to the 135-pound lightweight division, he jumped two weight divisions into the mighty 147-pound welterweight club. The welterweights are stacked with boxing’s most talented fighters.
Unable to find willing opponents at the lightweight level or junior welterweight level, Guerrero decided he would fight anyone at 147 pounds. His promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, asked around and decided to pick Selcuk Aydin, an undefeated knockout puncher who was touted by Floyd Mayweather as a dangerous fighter. They had sparred against each other and Mayweather recommended Golden Boy sign Aydin.
Guerrero shrugged and accepted the fight. On July 28, in San Jose, the lanky Guerrero, who began as a 122-pounder, eagerly jumped in the ring against the feared Aydin and won a convincing unanimous decision victory after 12 rounds. Many had not expected Guerrero to emerge victorious. Aydin had promised to break Guerrero’s jaw. The only thing that broke was Aydin’s undefeated streak.
Next up was two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto. Though experts liked Guerrero’s win over Aydin, many said Berto was a proven champion and had several advantages, including pure athleticism. On Nov.24, at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Guerrero dispelled all of those so-called advantages Berto possessed and beat up the muscular and speedy boxer. It was an eye-opening victory for Guerrero.
No doubt, Guerrero is the Fighter of the Year for 2012. Continue Reading…
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