By Rick Reeno
Former multi-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 35-years-old, is ready to dust off his gloves, as he prepares to mount his comeback in the welterweight division.
Last July, Guerrero announced his retirement from the sport after going 1-4 in his last five outings.
In his last bout, in July of 2017, Guerrero was dropped five times in a three round TKO defeat at the hands of Omar Figueroa. It was the first stoppage loss of Guerrero’s career – in a fight where ‘The Ghost’ was slightly favored to win.
Going into that fight, Guerrero had dropped a twelve round split decision loss to David Peralta in a big upset in August of 2016.
Since his retirement, Guerrero has remained in the sport as an expert analyst on several televised cards for Premier Boxing Champions.
Guerrero’s comeback will begin on December 1, when he returns in a non-televised fight as part of the undercard to Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Refusing to walk away on such a sour note, Guerrero is motivated to set things straight after taking some much-needed time off.
“I feel I have some fight left in me and I want to further my legacy in boxing. I needed to rest my body and taking that year off really helped me heal. Now that I’m fresh I want to continue my career,” Guerrero told BoxingScene.com.
“I’m going to stay at welterweight for now. My goal is to win another world title. My body is feeling good and I know I can do some damage if I stay dedicated to boxing and using my jab. I’ll take a couple of fights before I step up but I’ll fight anyone. As we all know, I’ve never ducked anyone. I’ll fight until my body says no more. Right now I feel great.”
Guerrero admits that his family became concerned when he informed them of his intention to enter the ring again. For his own safety, and to eliminate some of the concern from family and close friends, Guerrero underwent a variety of medical exams to ensure he was completely healthy to compete.
“Of course they were concerned but I assured them that I’m healthier then I’ve been in a long time. I’ve passed all my medicals and I’m good to go. Everyone is ok with me fighting again,” Guerrero said.