Guerrero Wins War vs. Kamegai

By Robert Ecksel on June 21, 2014
Guerrero Wins War vs. Kamegai
There was no defense or footwork. There wasn't an iota of self-preservation in either man.

Robert Guerrero, in his first fight since losing to Floyd Mayweather, survived an all-out war to decision Yoshihiro Kamegai after 12 grueling rounds…

Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, former featherweight and super featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs), in his first fight since losing to Floyd Mayweather last May, survived an all-out war to decision Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KOs) by scores of 116-112 and 117-111 twice after 12 rounds of action.

Kamegai wasn’t supposed to give Guerrero trouble. He’s a good but not great fighter who fought most of his fights in Tokyo. Japanese fighters traditionally have plenty of bottom, but few expected the contest to be as brutal as it was.

Landing bombs, going for jugular, this was a war of attrition from the opening bell. There was no defense. There was no footwork. There wasn’t an inkling of self-preservation in either man.

Guerrero drew first blood in round four from Kamegai’s nose. In round six Guerrero’s eye was cut and had swollen shut. But these were just surface injuries, visible injuries, however definitive they might have appeared. The real injuries in this bout were internal and perhaps not so easily remedied with a needle and thread and a few days of rest.

But the fighters continued fighting at close quarters, going toe-to-toe, going for broke, determined to win at any and all costs.

As exhilarating as it might be to witness a fight like this, it’s hard to imagine that both fighters will be the same after this grueling exhibition.

Guerrero, who has always done boxing proud, desperately needs a real trainer in his corner, someone who can teach him, or at the very least remind him, to protect himself, if not at all times, at least some of the time.

“It was a rough fight,” said Guerrero after the bout. “I didn’t want to get caught into his style, but right off the gate I did. I’m not a runner, I will fight. He is a tough, great fighter. I want to give the fans what they want.”

The Ghost’s willingness to throw caution to the wind may win him legions of fans, but he’s shortening his career at an alarming pace. He’s young man with a lovely family and presumably a long future ahead of him. But a few more fights like tonight’s fight at the StubHub will put that future in jeopardy.

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  1. raxman 06:03pm, 06/22/2014

    that is not the same Robert Guerrero that fought prior to mayweather. and i’ll agree with you guys re ditching his old man as trainer - especially if he is responsible (as i think he is) with this obsession re running. when the ghost fought katsidis he boxed from the outside and in the process giving ricky burns the blue print for his fight with kat.
    but come that mayweather fight the whole running thing was used as an excuse for RG’s losing, and it seems the notion of running is still in the forefront of team Guerrero’s collective mind. “I’m not a runner”. please!
    Guerrero is a very, very good fighter when he plays to his strengths - standing flat footed and trying to bang isn’t his strong suit. he needs to use the jab, slip, and counter with his left- he needs fire off 3 punch combos and turn out and then go again - its not running; its boxing and if he were to fight like that he’d be good to go with most at 147

  2. Tex Hassler 05:40pm, 06/22/2014

    Guerrero entered the fight with Mayweather without a fight plan. He need a trainer who can teach him to slip punches, roll with punches and parry punches. He also needs to slip and counter instead of soaking up career ending punches. That said I like Guerrero. He has loads of heart but needs training.  Boxing is short on good trainers now. One of the best Mexican restauants in the country is in Gilroy, California where Guerrero is from.

  3. Darrell 03:59am, 06/22/2014

    Guerrero is good at mid-range, stepping around, letting that straight left go nicely & was looking really good for the first round & a half then he let it get right inside.  It was close quarters stuff for the rest of the fight, just played into the Japanese dudes hands.

    To be fair to Yoshihiro Kamegai, he is a tough guy too.  Guerrero couldn’t back him up.  Kamegai did run out of steam later and Guerrero was landing the better punches from round 8 onwards.

    Neither would bow the knee.  Hard mofo’s!!

  4. Clarence George 02:35am, 06/22/2014

    Guerrero should learn “to protect himself, if not at all times, at least some of the time.”  Great line.  But I think that he should indeed shorten his career.  Certainly not by allowing himself to get hurt in the ring, but by quitting sooner rather than later.  He’s not a spent force by any means, but I don’t see him accomplishing a whole lot at the elite levels of the welterweight division.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:43pm, 06/21/2014

    Robert Ecksel-“Guerrero….desperately needs a real trainer in his corner”.... In between motherf**ker this and motherf**ker that, I clearly heard his Papi instruct him to hit the motherf**ker harder.

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