By: Albert Alvarez
Photo: Courtesy Premier Boxing Champions
A fight will break out come January 23rd between former WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) and former two-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports Live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
In Guerrero, having lost 2 out of his last 4 fights, I feel that a lot of pressure will be on his shoulders to deliver big and will have to dig deeper than ever before in order for ‘’The Ghost’’ to stay in the win column. Guerrero has got to understand that he is going to have to really bite down and fight through the trenches with everything he has to give himself his biggest shot at upsetting the undefeated younger bull in Garcia.
It’s been often and loudly said by boxing fans that this fight is a couple years late, but truth be told I feel as if the timing for this fight taking place now couldn’t have happened at a better time. Garcia, himself doesn’t look like the strong force with a killer left hook he once was. His bouts against Lamont Peterson and Mauricio Herrera made Danny look anything but ‘’Swift’’. And to be fair, Guerrero’s fight against Aron Martinez was one that could have gone either way.
So in saying that, that is why I feel that this fight is happening at just the right time. I see it as a clash that will have both fighters having their moments with some vicious exchanges. Both fighters I’m sure have a clear understanding that a CLEAR win is needed, so don’t sleep on this one. I fully expect both combatants to give it their all with their A+ game on display in front of what’s to be a very loud rowdy city of angels fight crowd.
But if you listen and are reading the twitter timelines and message boards, fight fans that I’ve come across see Garcia coming in and having his way with Guerrero, they feel that ‘’The Ghost’’ has been in way too many wars and ‘’Swift’’ will overpower Guerrero and will just be too fresh. I recently talked to Robert Guerrero as he closes out camp to get his take on how he really feels about being counted out before the sound of the first round bell.
Ghost good day to you, let’s get right to it, what are your thoughts on fight fans claiming that this fight is happening too late, that it’s a fight that should have taken place a couple years ago?
Robert Guerrero: I agree but there is no time to be talking about the past. The fight is here now and we are going to give the fans a great fight.
What do you say to critics that feel Garcia is too fresh for you, that you have been in way too many wars and that Garcia will over power you and take you out because they see a decline in you?
Robert Guerrero: The critics are always going to state their opinion. It’s not my job to worry about all the doubters. My job is to go into this fight and bring home the victory. Success will always silence the critics.
So what would you say are some of the things that you do that make you believe that you will beat Danny Garcia?
Robert Guerrero: My will to win is what is going to get me through this fight. I’m back on my feet throwing punches from angels. My experience at 147 pounds is another thing that will help me come out victorious.
Before this fight was made, were you a Danny and Angel Garcia fan? If so or if not, why?
Robert Guerrero: I have nothing but respect for Danny and Angel Garcia. They are a father combo just like me and my dad and they’ve won many world titles together. Anytime I see a father in the corner, I think of my dad.
Some might say that it may have been tougher for you to get up for an Aron Martinez, do you feel that a part of you overlooked Martinez? If so, I would assume that getting up for an undefeated strong younger bull in Garcia hasn’t been much of a problem for you to really get up for, considering that this clash is giving you the opportunity to hand him his first official loss on his ledger. Would that be accurate?
Robert Guerrero: Yeah for sure, I’m really up for this fight. I take nothing away from Aron Martinez, he came to fight. At this level, everyone is a tough fight. I just know I’m ready to give the fans a great fight.
The Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry fight seems to have taken somewhat of a back seat to the promotion. Do you feel that it maybe has to do with the Garcia side downplaying it because it’s more of an all-out Latino fight because he is an American with Puerto Rican roots/blood and you are an American/Mexican? How do you feel about that?
Robert Guerrero: I’m not sure why they’re downplaying it. I know this rivalry is huge and I plan to represent my Mexican people by giving them a spectacular performance. I know all the Puerto Rican fans will be on his side so this is going to be an exciting fight.
What are your goals for you this year? What do you hope comes from this fight?
Robert Guerrero: First I want to become a world champion again, and the opportunity has been presented to me. Then after this fight, I want to step up and fight all the other champions. I just want to build on my legacy.
Alright now, let me ask you a couple non-boxing questions to close this out. What was the last good movie you saw, and what did you like the most about it? What is your favorite thing to do or place to go with your family and why?
Robert Guerrero: Creed was a great movie that I recently saw. It was cool to see my good friend Andre Ward make his motion picture debut. Overall the movie was great. As far as my family, we like to spend time together at their sports functions. My daughter is a cheerleader and my son plays football, so we’re very involved in their lives when it comes to sports. Going to their games is one of my favorite things to do. My wife Casey and I are very blessed.
*Also on the card will be welterweights Sammy Vasquez (20-0, 14 Kos vs. Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 Kos)
Heavyweights Dominic Breazeale (16-0, 15 KOs) vs. Amir Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs)
Fight will be aired on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox Sports on January 23, 2016.