Sharkie's Machine: Guerrero Gets a Little Redemption
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. exclusive to Doghouse Boxing (June 13, 2009)  
Friday night in San Jose’s Pavillion Center, local product and former IBF Lightweight titlist Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (24-1-1, 17 KO’s) retired Efren Hinojosa (30-6-1, 17 KO’s) after eight rounds of a one sided contest that favored the favorite. It was a fairly decent outing for Guerrero, who was the focus of a fight card that featured unbeaten Jr. Welterweight prospect Danny Garcia (13-0, 8 KO’s) knocking out a ‘made to order’ type opponent named Pavel Miranda (18-4, 10 KO’s) in two rounds. Also, Heavyweight prospect Ashanti Jordan (10-0, 7 KO’s) exhibited superior boxing skills over
the game but green, Andrae Carthron (2-2-1, 1 KO). Jordan won by decision after six rounds.

Guerrero vs. Hinojosa wasn’t the most exciting fight but Guerrero did get a little piece of redemption and hopefully erases the notion that he will quit under adverse conditions. Against the 37 year old Hinojosa, Guerrero suffered a cut over his left eye but fought on with no regard to the blood dripping down his face.

Clearly Guerrero needed redemption for creating the perception that he was a quitter, which started last March, when he faced Doud Yordan (23-0, 17 KO’s), who was effectively out boxing Guerrero. In the second round, Guerrero suffered a manageable cut over his right eye. In that fight, the ringside doctor got up on the ropes to inspect the cut and when asked, Guerrero told the ringside doc that he couldn’t see. And that was all he had to say to make that fight go away. It sounded like a boo-fest that night at The Tank in San Jose , where Guerrero’s reputation nearly drowned. His hometown fans were pissed and jeered loudly. They paid good money to go see him live and all they got was a big disappointment for their hard earned cash.

Last night, Hinojosa gave a fair account of himself, landing a few good shots and showing he could take whatever Guerrero could dish out throughout the course of the fight. Hinojosa always did less than Guerrero and as such, didn’t win a single round. Guerrero did beat him to the punch and often landed the cleaner shots. Hinojosa fought about as well as a quality sparring partner would. He never showed a desire to win but he did his job to kept things as lively as possible. Guerrero continually pressured him and consequently land more punches. After the eighth round, Hinojosa’s corner, who all wore dark sunglasses giving the impression they were operating clandestinely, started to say that their fighter had an arm injury. Hinojosa didn’t seem hurt but suddenly when the ringside doc came up, he winced in pain when the doc touched his elbow. The fight was stopped and Guerrero got the win. It wasn’t an exciting fight but it wasn’t a total sleeper and on a few levels, it wasn’t quite redeeming for Guerrero.

If true redemption is what Guerrero wants, he should do the right thing and arrange a rematch with the man who traveled all the way from Indonesia to fight him last March…only to have to fly back home with a No Contest on his record. That man is Daud Yordan, who looked like he had Guerrero’s number when they met last time. But there was no mention of a rematch with Yordan during the post fight interview, where a jovial Ghost wore a big smile, proudly displaying his battered mug like a badge of honor, talking about fighting somebody else.

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