By Tim Nielson: Ruben Guerrero, the trainer/father for former two division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs), says they’re waiting for a rematch against newly crowned WBC welterweight champion Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) after losing to him by a 12 round unanimous decision last January at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Guerrero and Garcia fought for the vacant WBC 147lb title. Garcia won the fight by the controversial scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112. Many boxing fans saw the fight as a draw rather than a win for Garcia. However, the judges scored the fight for Garcia, and that’s all he and his father/trainer Angel Garcia care about.
They’re not talking about wanting to fight Guerrero at all in a rematch, and I think it’s seriously doubtful that a rematch will take place. Garcia has a history of moving on after controversial decision wins, and that is what I see him doing here. I think he’s going to move on rather than give Guerrero a second chance to beat him.
“People see, they know who won the fight,” said Ruben Guerrero about the Garcia-Guerrero fight via Fighthype.com. “My son won the fight. We won it. We know we won it. Everybody knows, the whole world knows it, and we’re ready for the rematch because we earned the right. We’re just waiting for the rematch. They’re not calling for it, but we’re pushing for it. We’re doing the best we can to get the rematch as soon as we can. You know Robert; he’ll fight anybody. No matter who it is; the No.1 contender. We’ll fight for the world title against anybody. We’re ready for anybody, man. We’re ready to fight. Robert is ready. We hope to get the rematch, because we’re not going to leave it to the judges or nobody. We’re going to be ready,” said Ruben.
Guerrero isn’t a big puncher, and that’s his entire problem. He had good power at featherweight and super featherweight, but his punching power didn’t carry up with him when he moved up to welterweight. Even if Guerrero could get a rematch with Garcia, I see the fight being the same with Garcia landing the better shots and the judges likely being more impressed with his work than Guerrero. The judges like the bigger punchers, and Guerrero will be able to match Garcia for power.
Guerrero and Angel need to move on. They have a good manager in Al Haymon, and he’ll find fights for Guerrero. If he can keep winning, then he’ll eventually get another crack at the WBC title or one of the other belts.