By Gary Mushrow [Twitter: @gary9690]
Gilroy California’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18KOs) beat Aron Martinez (19-4-1, 4KOs) by the narrowest of margins on PBConNBC this afternoon.
The 32 year old Guerrero, outpointed his rugged opponent via split decision with scores of 94-95, 95-94 and 97-92.
One can’t help thinking that this was a taylor-made opponent for the former champion, but he continued to get hit all too easy throughout the fight, even suffering a knock down on accumulation in round four.
Guerrero was brave and nobody could ever doubt the size of this man’s cojones, but sometimes boxing can be as hard as you make it upon yourself. If you tend to fight an opponent at their own game in every fight, you may come unstuck. When Guerrero jabbed and stuck to his boxing, he won rounds clearly.
Martinez enjoyed particular success on the inside, whilst pinning his opponent against the ropes. Guerrero was consistently willing to engage in a fire fight and was paying the consequences for that choice.
Although scoring a come back victory after his defeat to Keith Thurman in March, Guerrero whilst always fan friendly and entertaining, could definitely benefit from a more defensive coach. Consistent wars and fights in the trenches tend to catch up with a fighter sooner rather than later.
For now, the Guerrero show rolls on.