Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen
Robert Guerrero cemented his lofty-ranking in the lightweight division with a unanimous decision win over come-forward in-fighter Michael Katsidis on Saturday April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, and, following the triumph, ‘The Ghost’ called out a number of elite fighters between 135lbs and 147lbs.
“I’m a warrior,” Guerrero (29-1-0, 18ko) stated to the Las Vegas Sun. Guerrero cancelled out Katsidis’ primary attacking asset – his desire to go toe-to-toe – by keeping the Australian at arm’s length with his jab while using the ring to his advantage in between landing two or three punch combinations.
“Sometimes you have to beat the guy at his own game,” Guerrero, nicknamed ‘The Ghost, added. “I got in there and worked my jabs and punches.”
With the 12 round unanimous decision victory over Katsidis, Guerrero picked up two world interim titles; both the WBA and WBO versions, and is now in a commanding position to take on the division’s elite such as Brandon Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Guerrero is already a two-weight world champion having twice picked up the IBF World Featherweight title as well as the IBF World Super Featherweight champion. He now looks comfortable boxing at the 135lb weight limit but is not fazed at the prospect of chasing more lucrative and challenging fights at super lightweight (140lbs) and welterweight (147lbs).
“You haven’t seen the best of Robert Guerrero yet, I’m ready for anyone,” Guerrero said with confidence. “I want a shot at Marquez, the winner of the main event [on Saturday; Marcos Maidana], Zab Judah at 140lbs or Mayweather Jr.
“Bring them all – I’ll take the shot.”
On The Beak scored Guerrero’s bout with Katsidis 117-109 in favour of Guerrero. The ringside judges also saw a dominant display and gave scores of: 118-106, 118-107 and 117-108.