“Guerrero ready for anyone at 147”
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RICHARD SCHAEFER SPEAKS ON ROBERT GUERRERO’S SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE
By Lem Satterfield – RingTV.com
While in London, however, Schaefer could not be on hand on July 28 at the HP Pavillion in San Jose, Calif., when southpaw Robert Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 knockouts) secured his 14th consecutive victory by unanimous decision over hammer-fisted, Turkish-born Selcuk Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) of Hamburg, Germany.
A former two-time featherweight titleholder who also held a major belt at 130 pounds and two interim crowns at lightweight, Guerrero, 29, rose two weight classes to defeat Aydin in his welterweight debut.
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“Obviously, in my absence, Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero turned in a terrific performance. I think that as a welterweight, as a 147-pounder, he showed that he can hang and that he can perform and that he can execute his gameplan,” said Schaefer.
“I think that he fought a very determined and a very strong Selcuk Aydin. I feel that Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero showed what he is all about as a terrific and talented fighter that he is, and I believe that he is willing and ready and able to perform against anyone at 147.”
Guerrero was coming off a unanimous decision victory over Michael Katsidis for the WBO and WBA’s interim lightweight belts in April of last year. Guerrero last suffered defeat by a split-decision to Gamaliel Diaz in December 2005, but won their rematch with a sixth-round knockout in June 2006.
In September, Guerrero had arthroscopic surgery which repaired a torn tendon in the rotator cuff of his shoulder, forcing him to cancel an August bout with junior welterweight Marcos Maidana.
In defeating Aydin, Guerrero earned his sixth weight class, having started out as a junior featherweight. In victory over Aydin, Guerrero would place himself in an elite class of multi-belt, multi-division titlewinners such as Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya.
Guerrero became the WBC’s interim titleholder in his welterweight debut as well as the mandatory challenger to Mayweather, the WBC’s titleholder.
“Obviously, the dream fight for him is a fight against Floyd Mayweather, and so, we’ll see in the coming weeks annd months what’s going to happen there,” said Schaefer.
“But I have to say that I’m very proud of the performance that Robert turned in. I know that there are bigger and better things ahead for Robert, and now, we’ll work hard to get Robert these opportunities that he deserves.”
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