Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KO) showed the boxing fans what it means to have “Guerrero” as surname. Guerrero in Spanish means warrior. Robert is indeed a warrior on that night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. He fought his war against tough… tough opponent Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-2-1, 21 KO) of Japan. Guerrero showcased his extreme toughness as a warrior. He engaged Kamegai the kind of fight that Kamegai wanted. Toe-to-toe. Hit-me-I’ll-hit-you-back. Boxing observers believed that this fight is a “Fight of the Year” candidate.
It is a fight that according to Scott Christ of BLH that don’t need a “22-foot” ring but instead a “12-foot” ring would be enough. Exactly, because Guerrero and Kamegai had their head planted against each other and threw bombs after bombs. Guerrero is making the most out of every exchanges as he tended to change angles and feint Kamegai’s punches. While Kamegai is willing to absorb everything that Guerrero thrown.
Here’s CompuBox statistics posted at Theboxingblog.sho.com of the guerra of Guerrero against Kamegai.
• Guerrero (484) and Kamegai (293) combined to land 777 total punches (65 per round- nearly double the wgt. class avg.) and the most combined landed punches in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox.
• Guerrero (1082) and Kamegai (831) combined to throw 1913 total punches (159 per round- 50 more than the wgt. class avg. and the most combined thrown punches in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
• Guerrero (411) and Kamegai (278) combined to land 689 power punches (57 per round- more than double the wgt. class avg. and the most combined landed power punches in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
• Guerrero ( 764) and Kamegai (741) combined to throw 1505 power punches (125 per round- nearly double the wgt. class avg. and the most combined thrown power punches in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
• 89% of Guerrero and Kamegai’s landed punches were power shots. CompuBox avg.: 68%
• Guerrero’s 484 landed total punches (40 per round- more than double wgt. class avg.)- the most in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
• Guerrrero’s 411 landed power punches (34 per round- more than double wgt. class avg.)- the most in a 2014 fight tracked by CompuBox
• Kamegai’s 278 landed power punches (23 per round, nearly double the wgt. class avg.) is #3 for all 2014 fights tracked by CompuBox
The statistics were amazing. I don’t know how both men remained standing after 89% of punches landed were power shots. Maybe their power shots were not that hard or it’s just that they are tough? I doubt. Power shot is power shot. I think this is a result of tremendous training.
Following Guerrero’s win, his name are among those that float in every discussion about Pacquiao next fight. Boxing observers believed that this is sure fireworks. Pacquiao is slated to return in action in November, probably in Venetian Casino & Resort in Macau, China, with still yet to determine opponent.