Saturday afternoon at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, featherweight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), from Gilroy, California, ranked #10 by the WBA, overcame a fourth round knockdown to defeat Aron Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs) from East Los Angeles by way of Uruapan, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico, by hard-fought split decision.
Guerrero has struggled before and he will struggle again. His all-action style, while satisfying, has a short shelf life. Unlike Bernard Hopkins, the antithesis of an all-action fighter, nobody expects Guerrero to still be fighting when he’s 50. Judging from Saturday’s performance against what is essentially a club fighter, we might not see the 32-year-old Guerrero fighting when he’s 35.
Guerrero means warlike in Spanish, and Robert Guerrero has done his name proud. He will continue to fight “four or five times a year” if he has his way, but The Ghost won’t be spooking any reigning and defending champions any time soon, if ever again.
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