Robert Guerrero retires 2 days after 1st KO loss

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Welterweight Robert Guerrero, who won world titles in two weight classes and fought some of the biggest names in boxing during his 16-year professional career, announced his retirement from the ring on Monday.

"First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career," Guerrero, 34, said in a statement. "I am a kid from a small town in Gilroy, California, who made it to the mountaintop of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself would be fighting in front of millions of fans."

Guerrero's announcement came two days after he suffered the first knockout loss of his career, an incredibly one-sided, third-round stoppage to former lightweight world titleholder Omar Figueroa Jr. in the main event of a Fox-televised Premier Boxing Champions card on Saturday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

Figueroa (27-0-1, 19 KOs), who was coming off a 19-month layoff, pummeled Guerrero (33-6-1, 18 KOs), who was coming off an 11-month period of inactivity. Figueroa knocked Guerrero down five times, three times in the second round and twice more in the fifth round, before the bout was stopped.

Known as "The Ghost," Guerrero, who won world titles at featherweight and junior lightweight as well as interim belts at lightweight and welterweight, had not looked good in years, as he lost for the fifth time in seven fights. It could have easily been six defeats in that span but for kind scorecards in a 2015 bout with Aron Martinez.

Whether Guerrero was winning or losing fights, a few things were always constant: He gave it his all, made for entertaining fights and showed an enormous heart.

"A boxer's career is a long and tough road," he said. "Many tears were shed, lots of blood and tons of sweat. Many miles were traveled, thousands of rounds sparred. None were easy, and nothing was ever given to me. I earned everything I got the old-fashion way. I never ducked anyone and fought the best fighters in the world. I fought my way through every obstacle to make sure my fans enjoyed every second of every round of my fights."


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