Robert Guerrero expects Aaron Martinez to come out fast on Saturday on PBC
(Photo credit: Team Guerrero) By Dan Ambrose: #10 WBA welterweight contender Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) sees his opponent Aaron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) coming out of the blocks fast this Saturday night to try and score a KO in their fight on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC at the StubHub Center, in Carson, California, USA.
Guerrero is ready for anything and everything the 33-year-old Martinez will bringing to the ring in this fight. This isn’t expected to be a competitive fight for Guerrero, but you never know.
Guerrero’s fight against Yoshihiro Kamegai last year in June should have been a one-sided affair, but Guerrero chose to slug with the hard hitting Japanese fighter instead of using his boxing skills to win an easy 12 round decision. If Guerrero wants to turn the fight against Aaron Martinez into a war instead of using his vastly superior boxing skills, it could turn out to be a grueling fight for him.
The 32-year-old Guerrero needs a win here to come back from a 12 round decision loss to WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman last March in losing by the scores of 120-107, 118-109 and 118-108. Guerrero was knocked down in the 9th round by the hard hitting Thurman. Guerrero didn’t have the punching power to keep Thurman honest in the fight, but surprisingly, Guerrero appeared to get the better of Thurman in the first four rounds when Thurman stood and fought him in a toe-to-toe manner.
“Aron Martinez is not coming to lay down,” Guerrero said. “He’s had plenty of time to prepare for this fight and I’m expecting him to come out guns blazing. One thing is for sure, I’m going to be throwing some hard shots right from the opening bell.”
I can’t blame “The Ghost” for him looking to turn this fight into a war. Guerrero wants to make sure his fights are exciting for the many boxing fans that will be tuning in to see him fight on NBC on Premier Boxing Champions. The thing is Guerrero needs to focus on his boxing skills when facing guys with more punching power than himself like when he faces guys like Thurman.
Guerrero seems to forget that he started his pro career out at featherweight in 2001, and it was only four years ago that he was fighting at lightweight in 2011. Guerrero was a puncher in the lighter weight classes, but his power didn’t come up with him after he moved up to welterweight. He should have made some adjustments by putting his emphasis on his boxing ability rather than trying to out-tough natural welterweights, or in the case of Thurman, a guy that could easily be fighting at junior middleweight.
Guerrero plans on fighting two more times before the end of the year. He wants to stay busy and get pushed up the 147lb rankings so that he can get another world title shot. He’d like nothing better than to get another big payday fight against the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. or one of the other big stars. Guerrero was beaten by Mayweather in 2013 by a 12 round decision. The fight was too one-sided for there to be a rematch.