Robert Guerrero vs. David Peralta results
By Jim Dower: In a shocking upset, little known 2nd tier fighter David Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KOs) defeated former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) by a 12 round split decision in welterweight action on Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 116-112 for Peralta and 115-113 for Guerrero. The referee blew a call in the 9th round by failing to score a clear knockdown by Peralta after he dropped Guerrero in the corner with a left-fight combination.
The loss for Guerrero, 33, was his fourth in his last six fights. He was given a controversial win last year against Aaron Martinez. If you count that as a loss too, Guerrero has lost five out of his last six fights. Guerrero needs to think seriously about retiring from boxing, because he doesn’t have it anymore.
The southpaw Guerrero fought well in rounds one through four in landing a lot of hard shots to the head and body of Peralta. The way that Guerrero was fighting, it seemed like he was going to eventually get a stoppage at some point in the fight.
The tide of the fight changed in the 5th round after Peralta trapped Guerrero against the ropes and landed a powerful left-right combination to the head that shook him up both physically and mentally.
The crowd roared with approval of Paralta’s big shots. This in turn got his confidence up, causing him to go on the attack for the remainder of the round. For his part, Guerrero appeared shell-shocked from those two punches he’d been hit with, as he stopped attacking like he’d done earlier in the fight and became cautious.
Guerrero continued to fight cautious in the 6th, and this allowed the taller 5’10” Peralta to hit and move to control the round. Guerrero, 5’8”, was trying to land his left hand shots, but he was missing with them repeatedly. At the same time, he stopped throwing his jab for some reason. When Guerrero did throw his jabs, he would paw with it and miss badly.
In the 7th, Guerrero landed some nice left hands to the head and body of Peralta. However, like rounds five and six, Peralta outworked him and was landing the sharper punches.
Guerrero briefly came to life in the 8th round in landing several hard lefts to the head of Peralta to control the round. It was still close, but Guerrero appeared to do the better work.
Shortly after the 9th round started, Peralta charged Guerrero and dropped him with a right-left to the head in the corner. Surprisingly, the referee failed to score it as a knockout despite the fact that Guerrero was dropped by two hard punches.
In the replay, it showed that there was some contact between the two fighters’ lead foot. However, Guerrero still appeared to be knocked down from the punches rather than him being tripped.
It’s lucky for Peralta that this missed call by the referee didn’t play into the final results of the fight, because it would have been a real pity if the visiting Argentinian fighter would have lost due to a bad call by the referee.
Guerrero looked totally gassed from rounds 10 through 12. He did not have anything left, and the fresher, better conditioned Peralta was able to take control over the round and dominate Guerrero with his activity.
All in all, it was a good performance from Peralta. He showed that he’s the better fighter than Guerrero, and the guy with more energy. Guerrero needs to think about retiring from boxing because I can’t see where he goes from here. Going into tonight’s fight, Guerrero was a 70:1 favorite to defeat Peralta. The reason for that is because Peralta is not seen as a very good fighter. He’s been beaten by mediocre opposition in the past.
The only reason he won tonight is because Guerrero was worse than him. I don’t think Guerrero wants to retire, but he needs to seriously consider it because I don’t see him getting anymore world title shots. Guerrero came into tonight’s fight with a #13 ranking with the World Boxing Council. I suspect he’ll no longer be ranked in the top 15 after tonight.
Guerrero started his career out at featherweight more than 12 years ago, and he just doesn’t seem like he’s cut out for fighting in the welterweight division. He’s been fighting in the 147lb division for the past eight years, but he doesn’t have the talent to be a big factor in this weight class. Unless Guerrero wants to retire, he needs to think seriously about moving down to 140 or better yet 135 if he can make weight. Guerrero would be a much better fighter at lightweight than he is at 147. The money might be as good in the lightweight division, but I don’t see Guerrero continuing to get big paydays at welterweight for long, because he keeps losing.
It was a good win for Peralta, but I don’t see him beating any of the top welterweights in the division. He can beat Guerrero, but that’s it. I can’t see him defeating anyone else in this weight class other than the limited guys with inflated rankings.
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