Former two-weight world boxing champion Robert Guerrero had lost 3 of his last 5 fights and had plans to revitalize his boxing career.
He lost to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, Keith Thurman last year, and looked forward to a rematch with Danny Garcia after he’d face a relatively unknown opponent in David Peralta.
Peralta was the perfect fighter to look good against and bounce back from. And right at the start of the match Robert Guerrero came forward to put on a show.
As expected, Robert Guerrero nicknamed “The Ghost” dominated the early rounds of the match against Peralta, a cab driver from Argentina who was fighting in the U.S. for the first time in his career.
Despite Peralta’s decent record of 26-2-1 nobody really gave him much of a chance against the American. He’s one of those you’d consider as perfect fodder if one needs to pad one’s record to look good while growing back into championship contention.
Robert Guerrero initially looked strong, reminiscent of his form when he endured against the undefeated Keith Thurman. He brought the fight to Peralta, probably expecting the Argentine to wilt on the floor at some point, as if in a script of a play.
He knew he needed not only to win but to look formidable since he’s been calling out WBC Welterweight champion Danny Garcia to a rematch even before the Peralta fight, as reported by Bad Left hook.
“I one not to cry over anything. When I fought Keith Thurman, clearly, he beat me. He was the better man that night. I feel I beat Garcia that’s why it’s like ‘hey, you know what, we gotta do it again man.’ You can’t just turn around and run and hide and just sit back and look for the fight that you just know you’re gonna get past.” Guerrero said.
Instead, he found himself in trouble against an opponent who was simply happy to be fighting in America just to make $30,000 against Robert’s $500,000. And the Argentine wouldn’t back down.
To make things worse, he was practically dropped in the ninth round after a powerful right-hand combination slumped him against the ring post that held him up. It was not ruled a knockdown, but that boosted Peralta’s confidence enough to take control of the remainder of the match, winning it with scores: 116-112, 115-113 Peralta, 115-113 Guerrero.
According to a report by ESPN’s Dan Rafael, it may have ended Robert Guerrero’s run as a meaningful fighter.
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