By Luis Sandoval
Fernando Guerrero was supposed to open up Showtime’s Shobox card last Friday night against Chris Fitzpatrick, but due to a partially torn bicep injury, he was forced to pull out of the card. Guerrero who trains with Ricky Funez out of the Ten Goose Gym suffered the injury a few days ago during a sparring session. Andre Berto who has also been training at the same gym suffered a similar injury a few months back that ended up postponing his rematch with Victor Ortiz.
“It happens so now we’re going to take a little bit of rehab and I’m glad it happened in [during training] and not in the fight” explained Guerrero. “I was just sparring with some guys and I just pulled the muscle and the doctor said it’s best for me to just let it rest”.
The injury isn’t nearly as severe as the one Berto suffered which almost required surgery but there was noticeable damage to Guerrero’s bicep when he showed it to me. Recovery time will be around 4 weeks and Guerrero will take his time in letting it heal properly.
Guerrero has been on the comeback trail since his lost to Grady Brewer last year. He switched trainers and began training with trainer Ricky Funez and also went back up to Middleweight division. He has since put together back to back knockout wins and even though this injury is a minor setback, Guerrero feels once he’s healed, he’ll be ready to get back in the mix with the best of his division.
“I think as soon as I recover, I want to fight whoever is out there. All these guys that have a world championship, I think that I’m better than them. I don’t want to take anything away from them but I don’t want to take anything away from me either. So whoever, Chavez [Jr] or whoever. I’m better than all of them. I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I know what I’m training for” said Guerrero.
Guerrero was asked if he could make any fight at 160 and had his choice, who would he choose.
“If I had a chance I would pick Maravilla [Sergio] Martinez because he’s the highest in the ranks” revealed the Dominican southpaw.
Guerrero has big plans for this year and the injury will not be slowing him down one bit. His goals are set and by the end of the year, he hopes to get a big fight and a world title.
“I want to have around 30 fights and I want to be a world champion by this year. I think I’m in that level now and mentally ready. Some losses make you or break you and I’m not going to say that it makes me; I’m going to show it” said Guerrero.
Guerrero will be traveling with his trainer Ricky Funez to Florida as Funez will be assisting in helping Berto prepare for his fight against Ortiz. The plan is to try and get Guerrero back in the ring in the summer and maybe even land on the undercard of the Berto-Ortiz II card.
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