November 5th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
TRULY GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR “THE GHOST”
San Francisco, CA- There has always been a little bit of Tommy Hearns in top ranked lightweight (135 lbs.) contender Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. When he is possessed, totally entrenched in boxing, the skinny (5’10) kid from Gilroy, CA, the Garlic capital of the world, can take world class foes out in Hitman-like mode. The flip side of that record, a not so totally focused Guerrero still wins, but sans any fireworks.
WIFE IS CANCER FREE, MEDICAL BILLS APLENTY
For those of you that have health insurance, the Guerrero’s didn’t and wife Casey, now in remission, her Leukemia has played on Robert’s mind for the better last two years. How does you stay focused on boxing when the mother of your children, inseperable since their teens, is fighting a battle against Cancer?
NO EXCUSES FOR ROBERT HERE
Vicente Esobedo was an Olympic medal hopeful in 2004. Now 22-2 with 14 whacks, the Woodland, CA (near Sacramento) native hasn’t impressed me during his professional run. Having lost a SD 12 to gatekeeper Michael Katsidis in 2009 and prelim guy Daniel Jiminez (SD 8) in 2006, there isn’t anything on his resume that jumps out at you other than “mediocrity.” If Robert wants people to want to watch him fight the big guys, he will need to blast Vicente out and in impressive fashion!
GOING INTO BIG FIGHTS THROUGH BACK DOOR NOT BEST!
If Robert puts forth a lackluster performance against what is the perfect foil in Escobedio, he will have wasted the golden opportunity Golden Boy Promotions has given him. In his last go, Guerero won almost every round vs. Joel Casamayor, but his getting dropped in the final round is what has helped create Guerrero skeptics.
WON’T SHILL FOR THE LOCAL GUYS
One thing I took from the late Hall of Fame writer Jack Fiske, you don’t “shill” for the local guy. Guerrero, a two-division (126 & 130) titleholder, like World champs Andre Ward (168) and Nonito Donaire (112 & 115) has more than held his own in pushing his record to 27-1-1 with 18 KOs. The Tommy Hearns comparison I made in the first paragraph, “The Ghost” needs to just let that left cross fly and not be afraid to step in with the right (he’s a southpaw) hook.
WANTS FIGHT WITH JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ
I was of the mindset that had the highly rated Guerrero smoked the aged Casamayor like some had anticipated, that there would have been enough groundswell to match him with Juan Manuel Marquez, the recognized champ at 135. Winning on points here with little or no fireworks might get Robert the Marquez fight, but he’d be going in the back door. Drill Escobedo and that won’t be the case Robert!
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