Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero can’t wait to show the boxing community that he can easily become a champion of multiple weight classes when he faces, this weekend, South African Malcolm Klassen for the IBF super featherweight title.
Everyone is aware that Guerrero – who hails from Gilroy, California, the home to some 51,000 citizens proud of their annual Gilroy Garlic Festival - gave up his IBF featherweight title to pursue success in a higher weight class.
Now he’s ready to turn the page and move into the next chapter of his successful boxing career. And what is elusive to many boxers, the IBF featherweight title, just wasn’t enough for the talented northern California southpaw. So after a 2008 victory against Jason Litzau, Guerrero vacated the title to concentrate on moving up in weight.
This Saturday on ‘HBO: Boxing After Dark,’ Guerrero will get a televised opportunity to showcase himself against Klassen at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
“I’m excited by this, fighting in Texas,” said Guerrero from the Texas training camp. “I know there’s going to be a lot of Latinos. I know Juan Diaz has a big following there.”
Remember that Guerrero is the guy whose wife, Casey, bravely fought off leukemia, sending the disease into remission.
Guerrero fought two fights while Casey endured the effects of the chemotherapy. He beat Martin Honorio in 56 seconds of the first round, then took the next flight home to Casey.
He defeated Edel Ruiz in January in a super featherweight bout after taking off about nine months during his release from Goossen-Tutor Promotions.
The fight will be aired on ‘HBO: Boxing After Dark’ with local fighter Juan Diaz (34-2 with 17 KOs) facing Paulie Malignaggi of Brooklyn as the main event.