Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Retires

By Caryn A. Tate on July 17, 2017
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero Retires
“I'm a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountaintop.”

After sixteen years in professional boxing, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero announced his retirement on Monday…

After sixteen years in professional boxing and delivering fans some of the most reliably exciting fights in the sport, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero announced his retirement on Monday.

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career. I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountaintop of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself, would be fighting in front of millions of fans.

“I was blessed to win multiple world titles in four divisions. A boxer’s career is a long and tough road. Many tears were shed, lots of blood, and tons of sweat. Many miles were traveled, thousands of rounds sparred, none were easy and nothing was ever given to me. I earned everything I got the old-fashioned way. I never ducked anyone and fought the best fighters in the world. I fought my way through every obstacle to make sure my fans enjoyed every second, of every round, of my fights.

“I competed at super-bantamweight (122 lbs.) and won world titles across multiple weight classes, closing my career at welterweight (147 lbs.), fighting the big guys 25 pounds heavier. A good friend always told me I was God’s warrior, born to fight. I enjoyed every minute of every war. I represented my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the bible verse Acts 2:38 on my trunks. If I reached one person and brought that person closer to Christ, then it was all worth it.

“I want to thank some very important people in my career starting with the most important person, my wife Casey, who has been with me every step of the way, my soul mate, my sweetheart, the one and only love of my life. My father/trainer Ruben Guerrero Sr. He’s the one who started it all and made me the man I am today, and the champion I was in the ring. He’s one of the best trainers in the world and I hope to be working side by side with him in the future. My mother Marcy Guerrero for being a great mother and supporter. My co-manager Bob Santos for all the sacrifices he made to get me to the top…I will always remember the early days when we made the most with very little. He always had my back and looked out for me like I was his brother. His wife Diane Santos who did a lot of secretarial work for me during my whole career. Both my grandparents on Martinez and Guerrero sides for believing in me. My brother’s Sammy, Ruben Jr., Victor, Randy and especially Eric, who has been with me my whole career, my shadow every step of the way, my right-hand man. My mother and father in-law, Shelly and Cary O’neal. My cutman Ruben Gomez. My good friends, Pastor Mark Wilson, Dave Castro, Pastor Chris Avila, John Mersho, and Albert Guarado. My uncle Russel Sr., Russel Jr., Uncle Ricky, Hector Catano and Greg Amundson. I want to thank my co-manager Luis DeCubas Jr. for taking my career to the next level. Santos and DeCubas Jr. are more than managers, they are family to me. My publicist Mario Serrano, who has also been with me the whole ride, he is also family to me. All the fans and the community who stuck by my side when my wife was battling cancer…I will never forget the love you showed. There are so many people who have helped me, if I leave anyone off, thank you for everything.

“In closing, I want to thank the most special man I’ve ever met in my boxing career, and possibly lifetime, a man who always does what’s best for the fighter, a man who has changed the sport of boxing, a man who has helped bless me and my family with a great life, and that person is my advisor Al Haymon. Not only is Al Haymon a spectacular advisor, he is a wonderful human being as well, a great man, and someone who cares. In a sport where most managers, promoters, and trainers turn their back on a fighter, when they no longer can perform, or are no longer beneficial to their interest, Haymon stands tall. Love and loyalty is tough to find in the boxing game, but for any boxer looking for it, you don’t have to look far, reach out to Al Haymon. I want to thank everyone, the fans included. I hope you guys appreciated the guts and glory I left in the ring. God bless you all.”

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  1. tlig 07:10am, 07/18/2017

    He’ll be back. I recall Nate Campbell writing a similarly long and introspective retirement piece a few years ago. He came back and fought at least 7 more times.

    This dude is only 34; once the wounds heal and the emotions from losing wear off his competitive juices will return. He’d also have unscrupulous promoters making him offers he just can’t refuse.

    Sorry, but for those reasons I didn’t bother reading the entire speech. Boxers always “retire” before they finally get retired.

  2. Robert Mladinich 04:38am, 07/18/2017

    As a longtime boxing writer, you were a most memorable subject, always accessible, open and honest. I admire you for the travails you experienced over the years with grace, dignity and loyalty to your loved ones. You are a champion in more ways than one; a great representative for boxing. I hope your retirement brings you as much fulfillment and enrichment as your boxing career did. Special thanks to Mario Serrano, who is unquestionably one of the finest publicists in the sport. I am sure a long and successful career in PR awaits him. Thanks for many memorable fights and best of luck, Champ.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:12pm, 07/17/2017

    Probably the best retirement announcement in the history of the sport!

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