Robert Guerrero: Fighter of the year?

In 2012, Robert Guerrero became the third fighter in boxing history to win a world title at featherweight and welterweight, joining the likes of legends Henry Armstrong and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao. Guerrero also joins the rare breed of fighters, who have jumped up two weight classes to win world championships, which include Roberto Duran, Roy Jones Jr., and Sugar Shane Mosley.

Robert Guerrero Accomplishments for 2012 ‘Fighter of the Year’

Guerrero Dominated two Olympians at their absolute prime in Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto

Both are fully fledged welterweights who fought their whole career at welterweight
Combined record of (51-1, 39 KOs)
Aydin was ranked #1 and never tasted defeat
Berto is a two-time welterweight champion considered one of the best in the division

Guerrero Jumped up two weight classes from lightweight to welterweight

After a 15-month layoff
Had no tune up fights to get prepared for the weight hike
Fought the No. 1 contender right out the gate
Followed by Berto who is a two time world champion
Coming off shoulder surgery

Guerrero won the fights convincingly

Berto scorecards read (116-110)
Berto down in rounds 1 & 2
Aydin scorecards read (116-112 twice & 117-111)

Fact: Guerrero was not expected to win these fights which makes the feat that much more remarkable

Against Berto
Guerrero was a 3-1 underdog
Against Aydin
On Showtime poll, Guerrero was expected to lose by 68% of the voters

Quotes from today’s star commentators on Guerrero’s performances in 2012

Jim Lampley

“Anyone who questions whether Robert Guerrero can be a full fledged welterweight can forget that right now. He’s a good solid welterweight. I always thought Robert Guerrero was a great technician from the outside. He’s showing me he has gutter skills along the ropes too. I feel like I’m watching Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basilio. Guys shoulder to shoulder, head to head trying to find punching room round after round. This could be fight of the year.”

Max Kellerman

“Guerrero shows signs of a really mature prize fighter. It’s impressive how physically strong Guerrero looks for a guy who started at 122 pounds. He looks like a big strong welterweight. The fans know this is unbelievable what they are witnessing here tonight. Guerrero for the most part has imposed his size and strength on Berto in this fight. Berto has fought a lot with his back against the ropes.”

Roy Jones Jr.

“Not many guys though can jump two weight classes and take on top notch fighters and do well at it. Guerrero jumped two weight classes and he is very confident that he can become the best in the division. Usually a guy coming up from featherweight would defiantly not take these shots. It doesn’t get any better than this.”

Al Bernstein

“Robert Guerrero is a classy good combination puncher. I said at age 15 this young man would be a champion and will be and of course he did become one. He’s a good ring technician that knows what he is doing. Let’s give him credit, moving up two weight classes, after a long layoff after a shoulder injury, that’s a very good performance by Robert the Ghost Guerrero.”

Gus Johnson

“Tonight Robert Guerrero debuts as a welterweight, if he goes on to capture a championship in this division, he’ll become only the third fighter to win titles at featherweight and welterweight joining legendary Henry Armstrong and Manny Pacquiao. Beautiful combination by Robert Guerrero, there’s boxing and there’s fighting, and we are watching a fight. Tonight Robert Guerrero moves up two weight classes and becomes the WBC interim world champion”

Steve Farhood

“This was a very grueling physical fight against a welterweight, one of the strongest in the world.”

IABA UPDATE (2012 NATIONAL INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS QUARTER-FINALS)

Irish Amateur Boxing Association

The 2012 National Intermediate Championships are down to the quarter-final stages with three sessions of last-eight contests penciled in for decision at Dublin’s National Stadium on Friday and Saturday.

Talented Donegal prospects Leigh Moran and John Cassidy meet in Friday’s curtain raiser in an all Illies GG (BC) light-flyweight contest.

45 bouts will be decided over 48-hours at the home of Irish boxing this weekend.

Competition begins at 6pm on Friday and 10am and 2pm Saturday. Weigh-ins between 8.30am and 9.30am each day.

Please see above attachments for draws.

Visit www.iaba.ie

A Trio of Young Boxers to Open Youth World Championships Action for the United States on Thursday in Armenia

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The official event draw for the 2012 Youth World Championships took place on Wednesday in Yerevan, Armenia with the brackets being set for all of the 10 contested weight classes. Three American boxers will open action for their team on Thursday with bantamweight Gary Salazar (Fresno, Calif.), light flyweight Noberto Torres (Inverness, Fla.) and light welterweight Julian Rodriguez (Paterson, N.J.) will competing on the first day of the tournament.

Salazar will take the ring first, facing Tajikistan’s Shavkatbek Negmatov in bantamweight action in the afternoon session. Torres and Rodriguez will compete in evening action, taking on England’s Jack Bateson and Movladdin Biyarslanov of Canada respectively.

The remaining three U.S. boxers will compete on Friday in their opening round bouts. Lightweight Maliek Montgomery (Macon, Ga.) will be the first U.S. boxer in compete on the second day of action as he faces Sahan Aybay of Germany in the afternoon session. Flyweight Edmundo Guzman (Las Cruces, N.M.) will battle Aldonis Suguro of Indonesia while light heavyweight Anthony Sims, Jr. (Ypsilanti, Mich.) takes on Lithuania’s Edgar Liman in evening action.

The U.S. team is being led by Christopher Barela (Las Cruces, N.M.), Michael Montgomery (Macon, Ga.), and Gilberto Salazar (Fresno, Calif.).

The Youth World Championships, which take place every two years, began in 1979 with Yokohama, Japan hosting the inaugural event. The 2010 edition was the largest in the event’s history and full participant numbers for the 2012 event will be announced following the event draw.

Preliminary round action will run from November 29-December 2 with quarterfinal competition on December 3 and 4. Following the rest day, semifinal action will be contested on December 6 and the event will conclude with championship bouts on December 7.

The Youth World Championships will be the first major international event for all of the U.S. competitors and will give them key experience heading into a new quadrennial. For additional information on the 2012 Youth World Championships, go to www.aiba.org

U.S. Preliminary Bout Schedule

Thursday, November 29

2 p.m. session

123 lbs: Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif./USA vs. Shavkatbed Negmatov, TJK

7 p.m. session

108 lbs: Norberto Torres, Inverness, Fla./USA vs. Jack Bateson, ENG

141 lbs: Julian Rodriguez, Paterson, N.J./USA vs. Movladdin Biyarslanov, CAN

Friday, November 30

2 p.m. session

132 lbs: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga./USA vs. Sahan Aybay, GER

7 p.m. session

114 lbs: Edmundo Guzman, Las Cruces, N.M./USA, vs. Aldonis Suguro, INA

178 lbs: Anthony Sims, Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich./USA vs. Edgar Liman, LTU

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

IABA UPDATE (2012 AIBA WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS)

Irish Amateur Boxing Association

Chris Nevin and Thomas Waites get Ireland’s AIBA 2012 World Youth Championships campaign underway with preliminary rounds bouts against Croatia and Lithuania tomorrow.

The tournament begins at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex in Yerevan, Armenia on Thursday.

Nevin meets Brec Mislav and Waites in against Eimantas Stanionis, a gold medal winner at the 2012 Brandenburg Youth Cup in Germany, in the bantam and light-welter classes.

Hughie Nevin, a relative of London 2012 Olympic silver medallist, John Joe Nevin, awaits the winner of the Bulgaria versus Mongolia duel.

Kurt Walker and John Joe McDonagh will be between the ropes on Friday versus Giorgi Gabodze and Aleksandar Jankovic, also a gold medal winner at the 2012 Brandenburg Cup.

Kilkenny light-fly Keith Flavin opens against Russian champion Pavel Gunchenko Saturday. The winner of this three-rounder could end up facing Cuba’s Andy Cruz-Gomez in the next phase.

Stephen Mulholland, meanwhile, faces Zhidi Zhang of China, also on Saturday.

Today’s pairings left Billy McClean with plenty to ponder, and the Ireland coach admitted that the draw could have been kinder for the Irish squad who proudly took part in today’s colourful Opening Ceremony in Yerevan.

“The lads have had a wonderful training camp here in Yerevan and they are fit and healthy and very eager to get into the ring and get the tournament underway, he said.

“It’s a tough draw, very tough. We’ll take it one bout at a time. Two of our squad are in action on Thursday and our focus is on those bouts and hopefully we will get off to a winning start.”

Boxing begins at 2pm and 7pm (local time) each day of competition up to the semi-finals on December 6th.

Yerevan is four hour ahead of Ireland.

Visit www.iaba.ie for full draws involving Ireland and tournament schedule.

2012 AIBA World Youth Championships Yerevan, Armenia

Preliminaries

November 29th

56kg: Chris Nevin (Ireland) v Brec Mislav (Croatia)

64kg: Thomas Waites (Ireland) v Eimantas Stanionis (Lithuania)

November 30th

52kg: Kurt Walker (Ireland) v Giorgi Gabodze (Georgia)

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Ireland) v Aleksandar Jankovic (Denmark)

December 1st

49kg: Keith Flavin (Ireland) v Pavel Gunchenko (Russia)

69kg: Stephen Mulholland (Ireland) v Zhidi Zhang (China)

December 2nd

60kg: Hughie Nevin (Ireland) v Petar Stoykov (Bulgaria) or Armarsanaa Badar-Uugan (Mongolia)

Irish squad

49kg: Keith Flavin (Paulstown)

52kg: Kurt Walker (Canal)

56kg: Chris Nevin (Holy Family Drogheda)

60kg: Hughie Nevin (Cavan)

64kg: Thomas Waite (Holy Trinity)

69kg: Stephen Mulholland (St Malachys)

81kg: John Joe McDonagh (Crumlin)

Team manager: Stephen Connolly

Coaches: Billy McClean and Tom Hayes



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