The Ghost of Gilroy…
Written by: MrWestGrand
After 16 long hard fought years in the sport of boxing, which led to 4 World titles 4 different weight classes, former champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero has finally called it quits, after this a couple of weekends ago TKO lost to fringe contender Omar Figouroa Jr.
Guerrero was dropped five times in route to a 3rd round stoppage, yet still with the dignity and class he had exhibited throughout his career in dealing with adversity, Guerrero took to his Social Media account on Twitter to thank his fans for following him on his journey.
Guerrero character really shined in the sport of boxing when his family faced its stiffest test, as his wife Casey battled Lukemia which she was diagnosed in 2007. Guerrero stood firm by his wives side and in the ring, as they fought the disease together, until her eventual bone marrow transplant in 2012 and subsequent cure.
The Ghost over that time span gave me personally some of the most memorable fights I can remember from any Bay Area boxing professional, and as a Bay Area resident I can attest to the fact the he was the real deal. From his violent knockout of Jason Litzau, Guerrero put together a string of impressive victories over notable fighters such as Joel Cassamayor, Michael Katsidis, and Andre Berto, which led to his Welterweight showdown with this generations best boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Even though Guerrero wasn't triumphant the night against Mayweather, he had proven to the world what can happen when one gives every ounce to reach his fullest potential.
Winning only 2 of his last 6 fights after facing Mayweather, Guerrero never took a back seat to engaging in esthetically pleasing fights, and his showdown with Yoshihiro Kamagai will go down as one of his grittiest performances ever. I salute Guerrero for everything he's given boxing, and us as fans.