Robert Guerrero: I’m going back to the old school for Danny Garcia fight

By Boxing News - 01/23/2016 - Comments

Image: Robert Guerrero: I'm going back to the old school for Danny Garcia fightBy Dan Ambrose: Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) says he’s gone back to the old school basics to get ready for his fight this Saturday night against Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Guerrero blames his poor performances in his last fights on him attempting to out-brawl his opponents in the welterweight division.

Guerrero feels that he got stuck on the brawl mode in his last four fights and failed to make adjustments to go back to boxing after he started to have problems in his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013.

I believe it’s beyond something that Guerrero can fix with the problems in his game. Guerrero looks like a fighter who doesn’t belong in the 147lb division and never belonged in the first place. If Guerrero had faced quality welterweights from the get go when he first moved up to the division in 2012, he could have realized right off the bat that he doesn’t belong in the 147lb division.

Instead, Guerrero fought two soft opponents in Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin and easily beat them. Those victories gave Guerrero a false sense of his ability to fight in the welterweight division. He should have realized that the only reason he won those fights was because he had just fought two poor fighters.

“You’re going to see a little bit of everything. You’re going to see throwback Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, that’s what you’re gonna see,” Guerrero said to “One thing we did was we went back and just looked at everything. After the [Aron] Martinez fight I was like ‘man, I gotta do something different’ [laughs]. I’m getting hit with shots I shouldn’t be getting hit with.”

Guerrero is going to mix it up on Saturday night from the sounds of it. If he starts slugging with Garcia, then things could go badly for him. It might be a really bad thing for him to mix it up with Garcia, because this is another hard puncher coming at the wrong time.

Guerrero took a beating last year in his 12 round decision loss to Keith Thurman. After that, Guerrero struggled to defeat Aaron Martinez. That was another beat down for Guerrero, even though he was given a controversial 10 round decision.

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“Oh, definitely [I can handle his power]. Shoot, I think the biggest guy in the weight division is [Keith] Thurman, he’s a big guy, and I handled him pretty good – put the pressure on him, brought the fight to him, and had him going towards the end,” Guerrero said.

I don’t remember seeing Thurman looking he was about to go near the end of the Guerrero-Thurman fight. I do remember seeing Guerrero get knocked down in round nine, and he looked terrible in the last four rounds of the contest. I don’t rate Thurman as a very good fighter, but he looked sensational next to Guerrero that night.

If Guerrero starts slugging with Garcia, I can see him getting knocked down fairly quick. I think Guerrero’s chin has been compromised from the punishment he absorbed in his fights against Mayweather, Yoshihiro Kamegai and Thurman.

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