A dynamic performer in the ring and a charismatic and affable gentleman outside of it, 30-year old Robert Guerrero is one of boxing’s biggest stars emerging to the pinnacle of greatness. And having already won six world titles, the sky’s the limit for “The Ghost”.
Guerrero took to boxing early, and he was a natural phenom in the sport, winning a National Junior Olympic Gold Medal at 15, and also being voted the most outstanding fighter of the ESPN-televised tournament. A year later, he was the youngest competitor at the 2000 Olympic Trials at 16, and though he would fall short to eventual Olympian Clarence Vinson, everyone in the fight game saw the potential in the native of Gilroy, California.
Opting to leave his amateur career behind instead of waiting for the 2004 Olympics, Guerrero turned pro at 18 on April 22, 2001 with a decision win over Alejandro Cruz. Guerrero sailed through his first few years as a pro, showing off impressive boxing skills as he compiled a 13-0-1 record, with the only blemish a first round technical draw with Julian Rodriguez.
On December 9, 2004, Guerrero made his move to the big time when he knocked out 28-4-2 Cesar Figueroa in the fourth round to win the NABF featherweight title. The win revealed a change in Guerrero’s fight game as well, as he began knocking people out with frightening efficiency.
Guerrero’s next two opponents, Adrian Valdez (TKO12) and Sammy Ventura (KO1) joined his victims list, but on December 2, 2005, “The Ghost” would suffer his first pro loss when he dropped a split decision to always tough Gamaliel Diaz.
Determined not to let a defeat like that happen again, Guerrero worked even harder in the gym, and after stopping Sandro Marcos in three rounds, he got his revenge on Diaz, knocking him out in the sixth round on June 23, 2006.
The win propelled Guerrero into an IBF featherweight title fight against Eric Aiken on September 2, 2006, and “The Ghost” made the most of his opportunity halting Aiken in the eighth round to become a world champion at 23 years old.
Two months after his stirring win, Guerrero was back in the ring, but he wound up losing his title via decision to Orlando Salido. The decision was later changed to a no contest when Salido tested positive for steroids, and Guerrero was then pitted against 35-1 Spend Abazi in a bout for the vacant IBF crown on February 23, 2007. Fighting better than ever, Guerrero stopped Abazi in the ninth round to regain his title, and The Ghost did it overseas in Spend’s native land of Denmark. Not many fighters have traveled overseas to capture a championship.
Two spectacular title defense wins over Martin Honorio (TKO1) and Jason Litzau (KO8) followed, but what made Guerrero’s victories even more impressive was that he was able to perform while his wife Casey battled Leukemia.
In 2009, Guerrero stepped into the ring four times, first halting Edel Ruiz in just 43 seconds in January, second, engaging in a no decision bout with unbeaten Daud Yordan in March (that was interrupted after a head clash opened a cut on Guerrero that forced the stoppage of the fight in the second round), and third, stopping Efren Hinojosa in eight rounds on June 12th. But it was his fourth victory of the year that was his biggest and best, as he scored a clear-cut 12 round unanimous decision win over Malcolm Klassen on August 22nd to win the IBF world super featherweight crown.
In early 2010, Guerrero relinquished his title in order to care for Casey, and after she showed signs of improvement, he returned to the ring in April with an eighth round TKO of Roberto Arrieta.
On July 31st, he moved a step closer to regaining his world crown after delivering a lopsided 10 round decision win over Cuban star Joel Casamayor, and on November 6th, he defeated 2004 US Olympian Vicente Escobedo at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Then on April 9th, Guerrero delivered a spectacular performance defeating fellow "Action Hero" Michael Katsidis to propel him in the pound for pound rankings!
On July 28th, Guerrero put out one his most impressive performance to date when he moved up two weight classes and defeated the former unbeaten Turkish fighter Selcuk Aydin who was also an Olympian. He become the second Mexican-America fighter to win a world title in four divisions, the other being future Hall of Famer, Oscar Delahoya. He also became only the third fighter in history to win a Featherweight and Welterweight world title other than the great Henry Armstrong and future Hall of Famer Manny Pacquiao.
On November 24th, Guerrero dominated former two-time world champion, Andre Berto (28-2, 22 KOs) over twelve rounds, winning convincingly by unanimous decision. Berto was down in rounds one and two. The Ghost made an incredible statement cementing his dominance to the entire boxing world.
In the most anticipated sports event of 2013, Robert Guerrero and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought 12 hard rounds on May 4, 2013 Cinco de Mayo weekend, the most celebrated in boxing. Although Guerrero suffered a unanimous decision loss, the fight drew over 1,000,000 PPV buys.