|Robert Guerrero: “Come Friday Night, Bombs will be Flying!”
Interview by Benny Henderson Jr (Feb 28, 2008) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Laura De la Torre)
Coming up this Friday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Ca, to be televised live on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation 11:00 PM ET/PT, Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero 21-1-1 (14) returns to the ring to defend his IBF featherweight strap against the number nine contender Jason Litzau 23-1 (19) in what is anticipated to be one hellacious throw down.
Guerrero has electrified the 126-pouind division with his in and out, sometimes straight up in your face style, which has
earned him the title of… two-time world champion.
Now after battling family issues with his wives illness and destroying his past two opponents, Guerrero looks to continue his domination. Although he has a tough task at hand in Jason Litzau, Guerrero appears poised for all out war.
See what ’The Ghost’ had to say on his upcoming bout as well touching on his personal topics, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: Before we dive into the boxing side of this interview I would like to know how your wife Casey has been in battling her illness?
Robert Guerrero: Thanks for asking Benny. Right now the prognosis is great, she’s in remission. She is a very strong woman. Boxing and what I do for a living doesn’t compare to what she has to go through with the chemo treatments and what not. I really feed off her strength. She is doing well.
BH: How hard is it to stay focused on your training as well as fighting with your wife battling leukemia?
RG: Words can’t describe what I’m going through. When I’m in the ring training or sparring, working out, doing road work…all that hard work makes things better. I’m really grateful for all the prayers that I’ve received from the boxing community. Like I said I gain strength from Casey, she is the true warrior.
BH: Now to the business of boxing, give the readers your thoughts on your upcoming title defense against Jason Litzau.
RG: It’s going to be a great fight for the fans watching. He’s a powerful puncher with a great knock out ratio. He comes to fight and never backs down from a challenge. This is his first title shot and like all fighters fighting in their first world title bout, they’re going to bring it. I expect the same from Jason.
BH: Although my opinion is not much of a factor I do believe this is going to be an intriguing match-up for the both of you. You both have power and pop, neither one of you are afraid to bang. Your thoughts on Jason’s style and power, and what type of fight are you expecting?
RG: Like I said he’s a powerful puncher. It will be interesting to see if he can handle the heat. I throw fast balls; he throws fast balls, but it’s all about who’s going to hit the home run. I’ll be swinging for the fences as I’m sure he will be. I’m prepared for him fighting both inside and out. He can box if need be and he can bang, so I’ve been preparing for both styles.
BH: With all the ups and ups and downs in your life in and out of the ring, how would you describe these past few years for yourself, and how has it changed you.
RG: You know Benny, when I look back at everything that’s happened, all I can do is thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for getting me though it all. These past years have been rough, but I’m getting by. Like I mentioned earlier, the prayers are well appreciated. Everyone knows I have a strong faith in Christ. I look to God for guidance and understanding. I’m really leaning on him now through this difficult time. With out God, I’d be lost. I appreciate everything a lot more.
BH: What can the fight fans expect from “The Ghost” come fight night?
RG: I’ve been working extremely hard for this fight. My dad and I have seen some holes in his defense that I will attempt to expose. At some point I’m going to though some bombs. Expect that for sure.
BH: If you could send out a message to Jason before the fight using Doghouse as a platform, what would you tell him?
RG: Be ready for the fight of your life.
BH: Anything in closing?
RG: Everyone tune into Showtime on February 29th. It’s going to be an exciting night of boxing. Bombs will be flying.
I would like to thank Mario Serrano for all his help, and a thanks goes out to Guerrero for his time and thoughts.
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