Wednesday, February 06, 2008
NEW YORK – One day before Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez renew their rivalry on Showtime Championship Boxing, America’s No. 1 Fight Network hits you with one of the most anticipated ShoBox fight cards of the new year. On Friday, February 29, IBF featherweight champion and ShoBox alum Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (21-1-1, 14 KOs) will defend his title against Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (23-1, 19 KOs) on Friday, Feb. 29, live on Showtime (Shobox: The New Generation, 11:00 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast).
The Showtime event is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, LLC and will originate from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Also fighting on the televised card, young rivals TJ “Top Dog” Wilson (12-1, 8 KOs) of Miami, Fla. and Travis “Freight Train” Walker (26-1-1, 20 KOs) of Houston, Texas will meet in a 10-round heavyweight rematch.
“I can’t wait to put it all on the line again,” said Guerrero, who is coming off an impressive 56 second KO victory against Martin Honorio on Nov. 3, 2007 in a Showtime televised fight. “I’m on a mission right now. Everyone has been talking about this fight for a while, and now its time to make it happen.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Heading into the final week of camp, two-time world featherweight champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is prime and ready for battle. Training in the high altitude mountains of Big Bear, California, for the first time, “The Ghost” is physically in the best shape of his life. Team Guerrero is appreciative toward future Hall of Famer Sugar Shane Mosley as he’s opened up his doors to his training facility in Big Bear while they prepare for Martin Honorio. Guerrero has been sparring with Mosley and good friend Jose Celaya, along with some others that the team has assembled in preparation for this bout.
Robert is excited about defending his title and fighting on HBO PPV as he stated, “When I went to Denmark with my back against the wall, I really had to dig deep inside my soul and prove to myself that I belong with the best fighters in the world. It wasn’t easy traveling overseas with the time change and long travel, but I was determined in bringing my title back home. Now that I’m champion again my focus is on Honorio. Training with Sugar Shane has been a blessing and I’m thankful to him for letting us train at his facility here in Big Bear. This is my second time around fighting on HBO and I want to show the world that I’m worthy of big time fights.”
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Famed pugilists Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Ray Leonard have made a “friendly” bet on two bouts between fighters from their respective camps, making the September 15 “Fireworks” boxing event, featuring Juan Manuel Marquez against Rocky Juarez in the main event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view, that much more explosive.
In the first bout, and opening the pay-per-view telecast that evening, Francisco “Panchito” Bojado will represent De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. His opponent Steve Forbes, will represent the Leonard-hosted ‘The Contender’ Series, as runner-up from Contender Season Two. In the other bout, Golden Boy pugilist and former junior middleweight champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma will battle Contender first season winner Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora. The winners of the bouts will decide the winner of the bet between De La Hoya and Leonard with both decorated fighters agreeing that the loser will provide ring card girl duties between the first and second round of the main event. If it’s a draw with one bout a piece for each side, De La Hoya and Leonard will share ring card duties.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is adapting well and soaking up the knowledge being taught to him at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym as he prepares for his highly anticipated IBF championship fight against Spend Abazi from Denmark. This will be the first time “The Ghost” has had to battle outside of his native USA soil, and with his back against the wall, Guerrero said, “I’m excited about fighting overseas. I know it’s going to be tough to get a decision in his homeland, so my plans are to take him out.”
Having been in camp with new trainer Freddie Roach the last three weeks, Robert mentioned, “I’m learning a lot with Freddie and the transition has been a blessing. Training at the Wild Card gym everyday is an incredible feeling; it’s a championship environment and you can feel it in the air. I can’t wait mix it up with Abazi.”
This bout is scheduled for February 23, and will be held at the Falconer Center, in Copenhagen, Denmark. With a huge European television audience tuning in, negotiations are still being worked out to show the fight on the Internet in the United States. The winner of this fight will become the new IBF featherweight champion of the world. Stay tuned, as Team Guerrero will keep you updated on all activity surrounding this bout. God bless to all.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
The Nevada State Athletic Commission just took out two birds with one stone in another case where banned substances are still being used…
WBC Light-Flyweight Champion Omar Nino was suspended yesterday after testing positive for methamphetamine right after his bout against Brian Viloria last month. Nino will not be permitted to fight until after a hearing takes place in January.
Nino has denied using the drug or any banned substances at all…
IBF Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido was also suspended yesterday after it was found that he tested positive for the banned steroid Nandrolone shortly after winning the belt from Robert Guerrero.
There are many different things that could happen to both fighters if both are found guilty. Some of the consequences would be facing possible suspension, having their boxing license revoked, be fined, having their last victories overturned, and losing their belts.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Recently crowned IBF Featherweight Champion Orlando Salido has tested positive for steroids following a post-fight test after his victory over Robert Guerrero.
Salido tested positive for the popular banned steroid, Nandrolone.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has given Salido 20 days to respond to the finding and he will have a hearing scheduled for a few months from now…
Testing positive will most likely result in Salido being stripped of his title according to IBF Chairman Lindsey Tucker…
“If Nevada sends us something in writing saying he failed the test, we would declare the title vacant at that point and go with the two highest rated guys to fight for the vacant title. That fight would include Guerrero,”
If Salido is found guility after the hearing, the maximum penalties he can receive are a one-year suspension and a fine up to $250,000.
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Samuel Peter became the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Oleg Maskaev by winning a disputed 12-round split decision over James Toney in a WBC heavyweight elimination bout. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
LOS ANGELES – Samuel Peter proved to be James Toney’s worst nightmare Saturday on Showtime. In a hard-fought heavyweight brawl that featured excellent exchanges and few clinches, Peter registered a hotly disputed, 12-round split decision over Toney in a World Boxing Council (WBC) elimination bout at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
In the Showtime Championship Boxing co-feature, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero dominated defending champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken to win the International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title. The champion’s corner stopped the fight after the eighth round and the bout was declared a technical knockout.
The Toney-Peter WBC eliminator was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Don King Productions and Duva Boxing. The Guerrero-Aiken championship bout was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Art Pellulo’s Banner Promotions. Both bouts aired on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
By triumphing 116-111 twice and 112-115, Peter, of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Akwaibom, Nigeria, becomes the mandatory challenger to WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev. Peter’s biggest victory in the most important fight of his career came four days shy of his 26th birthday.
“I want Oleg,” said a jubilant Peter (27-1, 22 KOs), who entered the ring as the WBC No. 3 contender. “Toney never hurt me. I am solid like a rock. My game plan was to stick the jab. He picked some off, but it was working all night long. The trash talking before didn’t affect me at all.”
Toney (69-5-2, 43 KOs), a former three-time world champion of Los Angeles, by way of Grand Rapids, Mich., was incredulous about the decision.
“Peter didn’t do (expletive withheld),” said Toney, 38, the WBC No. 2 contender going in. “I’m not done with him. Hey, this is a joke. I didn’t lose the fight. I took everything away from him.
“I am not old. I am not fat and out of shape like Larry Holmes. This is not over. We are going to protest.”
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Guerrero vs Aiken
Starting a little late, whoops (been watching since the start though). We’re three rounds into Guerrero-Aiken. Guerrero is definitely landing the better shots so far, but a few of them have been low blows ignored by the ref. To Aiken’s credit, he’s absorbing the shots well so far.
Round 4: Guerrero still landing the better shots, a few hard body shots, although none that rivaled two powerful ones that put Aiken on “pause” like in round 3. Aiken came back at the end of the round, landing some power shots of his own. He’s showing that as long as he’s on his feet, he has a chance in this fight.
Round 5: Outside of a low blow by Aiken this round was all Guerrero. Guerrero’s probably up 5 rounds to 0 on all cards. Guerrero’s starting to go to the head more. Aiken’s looking a little swollen above the right eye.
Round 6: Aiken’s spending more time on the ropes, and throwing fewer punches. While Guerrero’s been dominating the entire fight, this is the first round I’ve started to wonder if Aiken has a shot at winning anymore.
Round 7: One of Guerrero’s gloves is ripped and must be replaced so the start of the round is delayed. The extra time should benefit Aiken. Aiken comes out with a few power punches in the middle of the ring. HDTV reveals duck tape wrapped on some of the ropes. Is this common? Is my television deceiving me? It’s got to be awful brushing up against ropes like that. Someone should ask Eric Aiken, because he’s spending more time leaning on them.
Round 8: Ref takes a point from Aiken for holding. What a joke after the low blows that Guerrero got away with earlier. The Showtime crew, which includes Diego Corrales, agrees. It probably doesn’t matter at this point anyway. Guerrero’s landing a lot of shots. The fight doesn’t seem to be close to being stopped though. Aiken’s corner should consider it. The Showtime crew agrees with that too.
Before round 9 Aiken’s corner asks him if he wants to continue. Aiken says no. Corrales, who seems like he does think the fight should be stopped was critical of Aiken calling it quits himself. He puts it simlply, “you can’t quit.”
Result: Guerrero TKO win
The Ghost looked solid. Outside of a few questionably placed shots, he didn’t look like he could be stopped.
Guerrero speaks will with Jim Gray during the post fight interview. He had some Academy-like thank yous at the end.
Showtime pimps some of their shows in-between fights. If you flipped around, let me point you to Dexter.
Toney vs Peter
Round 1: I’m inspired to finish my cheeseburger. The fight is obviously at a much slower pace than the previous one, but the two don’t stand still. Peters throws a good amount of power shots, many missing. Toney ducks, throws a good amount of jabs, landing a good amount. Fewer body shots than I thought I’d see. Pretty even in general.
Round 2: Toney always appears confident, and he’s fighting that way. The pace picks up at the start of this round, with Toney tossing more punches than before. Toney’s hands are low. Things get a little sloppy at the end of the round. All in all, Toney threw more and landed the better shots this round. Is anyone getting hurt yet? Who can tell.
Round 3: Toney starts out strong, but Peter lands some big shots at the end of the round. Toney snuck in a few counter shots, but Peter might have stolen the round in the last minute. Brings the fight back to even for me.
Round 4: The first couple of minutes are similar to round 1 - power shots thrown by Peter, not landing many, and Toney throwing and landing jabs. The last minute of the round sees Peter throw a nice combo or two. Toney takes the shots, encourages Peter to keep on coming. It can be a sign of getting hurt, but with Toney you can’t be sure.
Round 5: Peter lands some big shots against Toney. Toney probably hasn’t taken a punch like that in a long time. I want to say ever, but he didn’t go down. Peter doesn’t attack enough and lets Toney shake it off. After some time Peter gets in some more power shots. Toney’s still punching at the end of the round and blood is coming out of Peter’s mouth. The round is still easily Peter’s. The judges’ scorecards are shown in the middle of the round and they’re all over the place. It’s 2-1 Peter from the cards and one judge has it heavily for Peter. He must have a different view than the rest of us.
Round 6: Both fighters are visibly tired, Peter more. Toney clearly lands more shots, including a few power shots, although they don’t seem nearly as powerful as Peter’s. A round for Toney, and it’ll be interesting to see who can put more back in the tank for round 7. Half-way over it seems doubtful both fighters can last another 6 rounds.
Round 7: As the action slows, Toney seems to be paying a lot of attention to what’s going on outside the ring. There’s not a lot going on until the end of the round. Peter lands one power shot shortly before the bell, but it’s an uneventful and even round.
Round 8: Someone in between round 6 and 7. Toney starts off strong, Peter usually has the better end, but there wasn’t as much this time around. Even-ish round, maybe an edge to Toney.
Round 9: Cards are shown and Toney’s made a comback. 2-1 Toney and it’s close on all cards. Peter “ear claps” Toney a few times and has a point deducted. That could be huge. These guys are exhausted and hugging frequently. Peter landed more shots throughout the round, but that point brings it back to even.
Round 10: Peter starts stong and ends strong. Toney has the middle of the round, but I’m not so sure if it’s enough to even-up Peter’s landed power shots and I doubt it is for the judges ringside. This one goes to Peter.
Round 11: The best way to describe this round is Peter just didn’t do enough to win it. Toney was more active, not very active, but certainly more than Peter. This might have made the last round a “must KO” situation for Peter.
Round 12: I’m amazed it’s gotten this far. Both think they need a knockout, which is exactly what you want from a round 12. It’s another good, even round, although it’s not as action packed as you’d think from two fighters trying to go for a knockout. Conditioning, from both fighters, certainly came into play here.
I have the fight with a slight edge to Toney, but wouldn’t be surprised by anything from the judges right now.
Result: Samuel Peter by split decision
Peter looks like he’s just won the lottery, and it’s a fitting feeling. The judge for Toney had him winning by 3 points. The judges for Peter had him winning by 5 points. If I may get a little internet on you: OMGWTF. Are you kidding? I can’t get upset about the split decision win, it was a close fight - but the margin of victory on those cards seems very large.
Peter fights Oleg Maskaev next.
After Peter tries to give a congratulatory huge to Toney, he says, “I won this fuckin’ fight”, not that you expected to hear anything different. Toney continues to talk smack.
After the post-fight interviews are done there’s almost a brawl in the ring. Peter is quickly pushed down the aisle and to the lockerroom before anything can really happen.
Judges cards are reshown. 5 point wins for Peter mean that those judges thought Peter won the fight 9 rounds to 3 because of the point deduction, barring any 2-point rounds. The press row cards are shown, they all have the fight a few points for Toney.
I’m not sure what Toney will be next, but I doubt retirement is on his mind.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
(Left-to-right) Sam Peter, Eric Aiken, promoter Dan Goossen, Robert Guerrero and James Toney pose after Wednesday’s press conference in Los Angeles. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
James Toney (69-4-3, 1 ND, 43 KOs) faces Sam Peter (26-1, 22 KOs) in a WBC heavyweight elimination bout and IBF featherweight champion Eric Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs) defends against and Robert Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) Saturday at STAPLES Center on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
JAMES “LIGHTS OUT” TONEY
“I am the true heavyweight champion. The four other guys are nothing. There are only a couple of days left. I can’t wait. All this talking, telephone calls, press conferences, it is time for them to cease.
“It is almost time to fight. I am going to be right there Saturday night. I am a real fighter, not like the other guys he’s been facing. Peter says he is ready to fight. For Peter’s sake, I hope he is.”
SAMUEL “THE NIGERIAN NIGHTMARE” PETER
I am ready to fight 12 rounds, 15 rounds, whatever it takes. I will be very surprised if I don’t knock him out. Fans are going to see a lot of things from me, but mostly they are going to see me beat Toney.
“All his talk doesn’t bother me. We will lock horns Saturday. When the bell rings, the fight will start. I am not a dirty fighter, but if I see something to hit, I am going to hit it. I will hit Toney everywhere.”
ERIC “MIGHTY MOUSE” AIKEN
“People may not believe in me now, but they will after this fight. Winning a world title made me better. My focus is so much better than before. I have never had eight-nine weeks to prepare.
“This is a great opportunity for me to showcase my talents and abilities. It didn’t matter who I fought or where. But I am happy my first defense is in the states. I’d fight Godzilla if he could make 126.”
ROBERT “THE GHOST” GUERRERO
“I am not anxious but I am excited that my first shot at a world title is almost here. I know I am ready. I have done everything that I had to prepare for this. My team has done a great job getting me ready.
”Every fight is hard. I have nothing but respect for Aiken. He is a strong, powerful guy, but I am ready for anything and everything he has to offer. There will be a new IBF champion come Saturday.”
Monday, August 28, 2006
Photo: Joe Miranda
Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (26-1, 22 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (18-1-1, 11 KOs) participated in an open media workout Monday at the Los Angeles Boxing Academy as they continued to prepare for their big fights Saturday at STAPLES Center on Showtime. Peter faces James “Lights Out” Toney (69-4-3, 1 ND, 43 KOs), in a 12-round WBC heavyweight elimination bout while Guerrero challenges IBF featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken (16-4, 12 KOs).