November 21, 2012 -At a time when family and friends are gathering together for this year's Thanksgiving holiday celebration, Four-Division and Six-Time World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero is preparing for the biggest fight of his career when he faces former two-time world champion Andre Berto. The bout takes place this Saturday, November 24 at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., and will betelevised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
Guerrero is a man who is no stranger to dealing with adversity and this Thanksgiving he reflects on his life and all that he is thankful for.
After Robert's wife Casey was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2007, Guerrero had to take on the difficult challenge of aiding her, while miraculously fighting at the elite level. After finding a bone marrow match half way around the world, Casey is now cancer free, and the two are taking care of their children, Savannah Rose and Robert Jr.
"I'm really thankful to all of the fans that have been by my side throughout my career, especially when my wife was dealing with cancer," Guerrero said. "My wife is cancer free now and I'm truly grateful for the miracle that God has provided for our family when we found a donor in Katharina Zech. My wife is the real fighter in the family and I'm thankful she's with me today."
Entering his most challenging fight to date, Guerrero is very appreciative for the golden opportunity that lies ahead of him when he facesBerto and puts his WBC interim welterweight championship on the line.
"I'm preparing for the biggest fight of my career and I want to thank my managers Bob Santos and Luis DeCubas Jr., my father and trainer Ruben Guerrero Sr., and the rest of my team, as well as my promoter Golden Boy and HBO for giving me this opportunity," Guerrero said. "I really want to thank God for putting good people around me that I can trust. My team is incredible, they work hard to get their job done and now we are in the biggest fight of our lives. Words can't describe how much I appreciate their efforts.My WBC title is at stake and I'm going to leave everything in the ring.
"Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and their families. May the good Lord Jesus Christ bless you all with happiness!"
LOS ANGELES, November 21 - Unbeaten contender Jermell Charlo, unbeaten prospect Randy Caballero and 2012 United States Olympian Dominic Breazeale are ready to step into the ring at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on Saturday, November 24 in separate bouts leading up to the HBO World Championship Boxing® doubleheader featuring the WBC Interim Welterweight World title fight between Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and former Two-Time Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto.
In the featured non-televised undercard bout, undefeated junior middleweight Charlo will face Dashon Johnson in a 10-round bout. Also in action will be Coachella, California's fan favorite Caballero facing Mexico's Rigoberto Casillas in a junior featherweight fight scheduled for eight rounds and Breazale battling Mike Bissett in a four round heavyweight matchup.
Houston's Jermell Charlo (18-0, 9 KO's) has been on fight fans' radar ever since he turned pro in 2007 after an outstanding amateur career. In the last two years, he's made even more of an impression with his big wins over unbeaten Luis Grajeda and fellow prospects Francisco Santana and Chris Chatman. Coming off of a fifth round knockout win over Denis Douglin in June, the 22-year-old Charlo will look to give fans another stellar performance this weekend against Escondido, California's Dashon Johnson (13-8-3, 4 KO's) who will be stepping into the ring with his third straight undefeated foe after battling Daquan Arnett and Glen Tapia in 2012.
Popular NABO Bantamweight Champion Randy Caballero (16-0, 8 KO's) will be stepping up in weight on Saturday to face Delicias, Mexico's Rigoberto Casillas (8-8-1, 6 KO's). 22-year-old Caballero had an impressive title defense in August against Manuel Roman and is looking to end the year with a fourth win against the hard-hitting Casillas.
2012 United States Olympian and heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale (1-0, 1 KO) introduced himself to professional boxing earlier this month taking just 66 seconds to stop Curtis Tate. He's not about to let that momentum slip away, as he returns to the ring to take on fellow unbeaten Mike Bissett (1-0, 1 KO) of Nashville, a fighter who needed just 1:43 to win his pro debut against Roberto White in October.
In additional undercard bouts, Vallejos, Calif. heavyweight Gerald Washington (4-0, 3 KO's) faces Jamiah Williamson (3-4, 2 KO's) of Gardena, featherweight Manny Robles Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) takes on fellow Los Angeles product Misael Martinez (0-6) and Cincinnati lightweight Robert Easter Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) meets Bell's Carlos Gonzalez (1-2). This trio of bouts are scheduled for four rounds each.
Guerrero has been doing his best to sell tickets.. you'd think his was entering the ring with a 357magnum and a industial (truck) sized socket wrench hidden in his trunks. Playing the bully like he was raised in Compton.
But it's not necessary... you can depend on Berto swinging from the fences like he did with Ortiz,... believing himself to be the bigger and stronger man. Being the better boxer...... it's probably what Guerrero is hoping for so he can finesse him inside like Zan Javek did. This is going to be a classic. Something surprising and unexpected is surely going to happen in this fight.