By Rick Reeno
Luis DeCubas Jr., co-manager of former champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (32-1-1, 18KOs), sat down with BoxingScene.com to discuss Guerrero coming back from a year off to beat Yoshihiro Kamegai in a "Fight of The Year" candidate, the possibility of facing unbeaten WBA interim-welterweight champion Keith Thurman, Guerrero's accomplishments as a fighter, and more.
"It was a unbelievable fight. Robert is a all action warrior and Kamagai has a tremendous heart. Robert planned on boxing but he's just loves to fight, its in his blood so it turned into a war and the fans won. Not as a manager but as a fan someone who loves boxing who's been in boxing my whole life guys like Robert Guerrero are what keeps this sport alive. I am honored to be working with him, I really am. What I saw tonight was amazing," DeCubas Jr. told BoxingScene.com.
Regarding a fight with Thurman - "Thurman is a good fighter its definitely a fight we want. We have to sit down with Al Haymon, Bob Santos and myself to map out what's next. If its Thurman its Thurman, if its [Shawn] Porter its Porter, if its [Danny] Garcia its Garcia - it doesn't matter. I think Robert has proven that he's a great fighter and will fight anyone. I mean the combined record of the four guys he's fought at welterweight since winning his first title at featherweight is 118-2, and two of them were undefeated. One was the #1 contender and the other was the best fighter of the last 20 years in Floyd Mayweather. Please realize Robert will fight anyone, anytime , anywhere and
preferably in a 16 foot ring.
Regarding Guerrero's accomplishments - "A lot of people don't realize that Robert fought once at 122-pounds, he won his first title at 126 versus Eric Aiken, a good fighter. For his second [title win] he went to Denmark on three weeks notice to beat Spend Abazi who was a solid fighter. He defended his title within days of finding out his wife was sick with cancer and knocked out Honorio with the fastest knockout in featherweight history and then beat Malcolm Klaussen, a tough African for his third title at 130. He beat Kadsitas at 135-pounds after out for over year, because he retired from boxing to take care of his wife. This guy is an incredible human being."
"He was scheduled to fight Maidana before he tore his shoulder, takes a year and a half layoff recovering and rehabbing his shoulder, then jumps all the way up from 135 to 147 and is fighting these big guys and beating them up. The only one he's lost to is the best pound for pound guy in the world, who no one else has beaten. Robert doesn't get the credit he deserves he has beaten every guy he's ever fought other than Mayweather in 13 years and over 33 fights. I know one thing - when he retires I guarantee you he's a Hall of Fame fighter and that's a achievement no one can ever take. He's a great fighter."
Tags: Robert Guerrero , Yoshihiro Kamegai , Keith Thurman , Guerrero-Kamegai , Guerrero vs. Kamegai