Alberto Guevara Derailed?

By Clarence George on March 12, 2013
Alberto Guevara Derailed?
Save for his unanimous decision loss to Santa Cruz in his last fight, "El Metro" is undefeated.

Following Alberto Guevara’s impressive showing against the outstanding Leo Santa Cruz last December, it’s surprising that “El Metro” isn’t being given a shot at Ryosuke Iwasa or Jamie McDonnell, or even fellow Mexican Julio Ceja. Instead, Guevara’s “reward” is a match with faded Genaro Garcia, to take place at the Grand Oasis Resort in Cancun on March 16.

Bantamweight Guevara, 22 (16-1, 6 KOs), is a four-year pro. Save for his unanimous decision loss to Santa Cruz, “El Metro” is undefeated. In addition to unsuccessfully, but gamely, challenging “El Terremoto” for his IBF strap, Guevara had two other matches last year. He beat Khabir Suleymanov in April and Raul Hidalgo in August, both by unanimous decision.

Junior featherweight Garcia, 35 (39-10, 23 KOs), turned pro in 1994. He won his first 10 matches, seven by TKO, before losing by seventh-round TKO to perennial WBF junior bantamweight champ Samson Dutch Boy Gym in 1996. Following a pattern, the Mexican won the following five, four by stoppage, before losing to Cruz Carbajal by eighth-round TKO in 1998. “El Poblanito” again won five consecutive matches, two by TKO, before losing to Vernie Torres by unanimous decision in 2000. Garcia then won seven in a row, three by stoppage, before losing to Jose Rojas via unanimous decision in 2002. He won the next eight, half by stoppage, but lost four out of five, three by TKO, between late 2006 and late 2009 (with no matches in 2008).

Garcia didn’t fight again until last year. He engaged in five bouts in 2012, winning three. He stopped Jesus Santillan by second-round TKO in January and Genaro Camargo by sixth-round TKO in February. He lost to Genesis Servania by 12th-round TKO in June and to Ceja by unanimous decision in September. He stopped Eduardo Garcia by seventh-round KO in December.

“El Poblanito” fought three times, always unsuccessfully, for a major title. First he challenged Hozumi Hasegawa for the WBC bantamweight title in 2006, losing by unanimous decision, then Luis Alberto Perez for the vacant IBF bantamweight title in 2007, losing by seventh-round TKO, and finally Toshiaki Nishioka for the WBC junior featherweight title in 2009, losing by 12th-round TKO. 

Garcia is tough and experienced and not to be underestimated. But his best days, such as they were, are very much in the rearview mirror. Guevara is inarguably feather-fisted, but he’s young and skilled. Also notable is his relentlessness and unassuming courage. I don’t at all see him exchanging that “1” for a “2” this Saturday. I also don’t see how a win over Garcia will get him the attention—and matches—he needs and deserves.

There are several prospects in addition to Guevara (welter Jorge Silva, for instance) who’ve earned the right to be brought along more quickly, if for no other reason that I may be spared—once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more—yet another Bleacher Report blood-from-a-stone article on Floyd Mayweather Jr. “Five Mayweather Needs to Beat to Cement His Legacy.” “Three Mayweather Needs to Beat to Enhance His Legacy.” “Eight Reasons Mayweather Should Follow in the Footsteps of Forgotten Hollywood Actor Van Johnson and Only Wear Fire-Engine Red Socks.” “Floyd Mayweather Jr.—Proof of Alien Hybridization?” “Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Jack the Ripper: Connection Revealed.” “‘Money May’: The Genius Behind the Cottingley Fairy Photographs.” Begin slideshow.

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