Guerrero Retires Following Loss

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, a four-division boxing champion and one of the Sweet Science’s most fan-friendly warriors, announced on twitter Monday that he is retiring.

The 34-year-old fighter was knocked out by Omar Figueroa Saturday night in what would be his final career bout. It was the first time Geurrero had been stopped in his 16-year career. He finished with a record of 33-6-1, but was 2-5 in the last seven bouts.

Figueroa knocked Guerrero down five times in the first three rounds before the fight was stopped.

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career,” Guerrero said. “I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountain top of boxing. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself would be fighting in front of millions of fans.

“I was blessed to win multiple world titles. A boxer’s career is a long and tough road. Many tears were shed, lots of blood and tons of sweat. Many miles were traveled, thousands of rounds sparred, and none were easy and nothing was ever given to me. I earned everything I got the old-fashioned way. I never ducked anyone and fought the best fighters in the world. I fought my way through every obstacle to make sure my fans enjoyed every second of every round of my fights.”

Guerrero had taken a year off before the Figueroa fight after losing a split decision to Argentine David Peralta in August 2016. He won the interim WBC World Welterweight title in July 2012 against Selcuk Aydin and defended it against Andre Berto in November 2012 before losing it to Floyd Mayweather in May 2013.

That began his slide. He lost a unanimous decision to Keith Thurman in a shot at the WBA World Welterweight title in March 2015 and a unanimous decision to Danny Garcia in January 2016 to try to claim the vacated WBC title.

His only loss outside of the welterweight division came earlier in his career at lightweight to Gamaliel Diaz in December 2005. He knocked out Diaz in a rematch seven months later.

Guerrero, who was trained by his father, Ruben, won major titles at featherweight and super featherweight  and interim titles at lightweight and welterweight.

Original Story: USA Today

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