Tag: robert guerrero

05 May

fight coverage: mayweather vs. guerrero

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Not a “Ghost” of a chance with Mayweather:

Ringside by Chris Cozzone

Thirty-six-year-old Floyd “Money” Mayweather may yet grow old.

But last night was not his time to do so.

Needing just two rounds to expel the specters of rust and age, Mayweather proved the naysayers wrong, yet again, by defending his pound-for-pound crown and one of the welterweight belts with a one-sided spanking of Robert “Ghost” Guerrero. The challenger proved dreadfully ineffectual against the drearily masterful, transforming what was a hoped-for war, into something of a sparring session, which evoked sporadic waves of boos from an anxious crowd.

The fight, billed as “May Day,” became less about a billing and more of a distress signal for Team Guerrero, as the rounds progressed. Despite two rounds of effective aggression behind an eager left hand, the Gilroy southpaw mounted a charged attack. That lasted as long as it took Mayweather to perfect a flawless plan. Once that happened, faith, family, not even the firearm that got him in hot water in New York last month, was going to stick a victory in Guerrero’s pocket, Floyd’s crown upon his head and another belt around his waist . . . More

05 May

“mayday” postfight report

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Old plan is new game for pugdom’s pound for pound kingpin

Postfight presser by Chris Cozzone

A new, old blueprint might’ve blackened the hopes of a war and bored a crowd to booing, but no one could deny that age-defying Floyd Mayweather Jr. had retained his pound-for-pound supremacy with yet another virtuoso performance.

Before a crowd of 15,880 at the MGM, the unbeaten Mayweather, 44-0, 26 Kos, pulled on Robert Guerrero’s strings, pot-shotting him repeatedly throughout most of the fight, resulting in a lopsided unanimous decision scored 117-111 across the board. Surprised, disappointed and somewhat shell-shocked, the “Ghost,” 31-2-1, 18 Kos, endured a phantasmagoric evening, losing for the first time in eight years . . . |more|

27 Jul

vegas fight week ends local drought

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Las Vegas, July 27, 2010: Does it really matter that Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz have lost their last fights? Not here in Vegas, where fight fans have been starved by a fight drought the past few months. On Saturday’s HBO-PPV card, from the Mandalay Bay, Marquez and Diaz will seek to repeat last year’s Fight of the Year. The entire card is decent, for once, Jorge Linares taking on Rocky Juarez, Robert Guerrero fighting Joel Casamayor and Daniel Jacobs, getting a title shot against Dmitry Pirog. Pick ’em fights? My colleagues argue otherwise, predicting Marquez, Linares, Guerrero and Jacobs in a clean sweep of wins Saturday night. Personally, I’m staying away from the sportsbooks Saturday night – there are too many question marks up and down the line-up.

15 Jul

fight stories from vegas

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Stage left: There will be no false pretenses when former champs Joel Casamayor and Robert Guerrero step into the ring in a battle of former southpaw champs July 31 . . . |more|

Jacob’s Ladder: Given the chance to rise out of contention to become a world champion, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) will get a shot at the belt stripped from Lineal Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez when he takes on also-undefeated Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) July 31 . . . |more|

01 May

‘the ghost’ spooks arrieta

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4.30.2010, Tropicana in Las Vegas: Appetizer card at the Trop headlines Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, who chases down unwilling opponent Roberto Arrieta before scoring a finish in the eighth. Spooked by the comebacking Guerrero, Arrieta ran a dizzying, backward race, occasionally hitting the canvas before the finish. The highlight of the night? Chubsy-ubsy Alvaro Morales. Looking like a midget Weeble next to 6’7″ Deontay Wilder, but outweighing the undefeated Olympian, 291 to 218, Morales showed some fast hands and fancy footwork against the giant, and the crowd was none-too-happy when Wilder spilled him onto the canvas with a WWF-type push in the third. Morales hit the floor hard enough for his corner to stop the fight.

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29 Apr

weigh-in outtakes

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4.29.10, Tropicana Casino, Las Vegas: What can be so hard about shooting a bunch of starved boxers in their underwear? Try red lighting. I’ve been in Juarez strip clubs with friendlier lighting. Or the occasional doofus who creeps across your range while you’re shooting. Today’s weigh-in at the Tropicana was far from a disaster, with plenty of do-able shots, but the shot above best encompasses the bar-packed event.