Guerrero hires premier corner man Joe Chavez; Boxing world is
taking notice of Gilroy’s Golden Boy
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has become a household name amongst sports fans here in the South Valley. Gilroy’s “Golden Boy” has floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, pummeling nearly every opponent he has met in the ring to date.
But local fans, even Guerrero’s most diehard supporters, have had to wonder, is the pride of Gilroy really that good? Does he truly have what it takes to rise to the top and reign as world champion?
On Tuesday afternoon any doubters had their concerns silenced when Joe Chavez, one of the sport’s premier cut men, joined Team Guerrero.
A conversation with Guerrero on any given day leaves little doubt as to the confidence he has in his own abilities. If, however, a boxer doesn’t believe he’s the best, doesn’t possess that “eye of the tiger” mentality, then he is beaten before he ever takes one step into the ring. So at the end of the day, the high accolades Guerrero and his promotional team bestow upon “The Ghost” carry little weight.
But when Chavez, a man of serious experience and pedigree, willing aligns himself with “The Ghost,” that speaks volumes about Guerrero’s ultimate long-range potential. Chavez has, after all, not just been a cut man for years, he’s served some of boxing’s greatest. He has been in the corner with some of the sport’s biggest names, including James Toney and Oscar De La Hoya.
“I’m delighted to be part of the team. I’ve been watching Robert (Guerrero) for some time now and I think he has the talent and discipline to be a champion,” admitted Chavez, the veteran corner man. “John (Bray) is a great guy and I think we will make a good team.”
And Team Guerrero is equally excited about Chavez arrival.
“Not only will it be an honor to work with legendary cutman Joe Chavez, but it will be a learning experience as well,” said Guerrero’s trainer John Bray. “I welcome him with open arms to the team.”
In an interview with the Gilroy Dispatch on Wednesday afternoon, Guerrero, who is currently training in Los Angeles for his upcoming fight on Dec. 3, confirmed that a good cutman is a certain key to a boxer’s success.
According to Guerrero, an experienced corner man of Chavez’ magnitude can often earn anywhere from $200 dollars (for a 4-round bout) to $2,000 dollars for a championship fight.
But “The Ghost” was quick to admit that any money spent on a great cut man is money well spent.
“Joe’s not just good. He’s the best in the business,” Guerrero admitted.
“He’s been in the biggest events in boxing for some of the greatest names in our sport. A lot of cut men can do the job when everything is going smoothly but it takes a real expert to get the job done when the pressure is on.
“There’s never a doubt with Chavez in your corner that the job is going to get done and that it is going to get done right,” Guerrero bragged. “When the pressure’s on and you’re fighting for a championship you need championship caliber people around you. Joe’s a proven champion. You never have to worry about him folding in a big event.”
You would think that with a “Title Eliminator” bout just 43 days away against an opponent that hasn’t been beaten in over seven years, Guerrero would have enough on his plate just training for what he calls “the fight of my life.”
And yet Gilroy’s Golden Boy still has time to make his presence felt on the up and coming amateurs of the boxing world. On Oct. 30 the city of San Francisco will host what is being billed as “the single most amateur boxing event of the year” – Mexico vs. USA.
Not since the early 1970’s has the Mexican national team competed in California in a head-to-head competition against Team USA. National pride will run deep as these two natural rivals face off in this pre-Olympic meet.”
And Team USA has selected Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero to be its honorary captain, a privilege he has readily accepted.
“It’s going to be so cool to be a part of that event. I love watching the amateur guys,” Guerrero said. “I remember when I was younger. It was a good feeling to know you had the support of those that had been there.”
But Guerrero considers it more than just a privilege. In his mind it goes with the territory.
“I’ve got to be a role model to the younger fighters. What’s it to take a day or two out of training for such a great cause and program,” Guerrero was quick to state. “Imagine how they must feel. A man on the verge of winning a world championship is coming here to see us fight. That’s the kind of stuff that lights their fire and inspires them.”
The next two months are jam packed for “The Ghost” as he readies himself for the night of his life.
It’s been said that birds of a feather flock together and you’re known by the association of those you keep.
With the addition of Chavez in an already championship caliber corner, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero is on the verge of showing the boxing world that he is in fact the real deal.
Tale of the Tape
16-0-1 (9 KO’s)
Sept. 16, 2005 (1 round) Defeated Sammy Ventura
(22-15) KO (Time: 2:05)
At Palace Casino, Lemoore
April 1, 2005 (12 rounds) Defeated Adrian Valdez (16-3-3) – TKO 12 (Time: 1:55)
At Palace Casino, Lemoore
Dec. 9, 2004 (12 rounds): Defeated Cesar Figueroa
(28-4-2) – KO 4 (Time: 0:59)
At Pechanga Resort & Casino
June 3, 2004 (10 rounds) Defeated Enrique Sanchez
(30-2-4) – TKO 8
At Chinook Winds Casino
April 24, 2004 (6 rounds) Defeated Juan Polo Perez
(46-35-4) – TKO 2
At Miccosukee Indian Gaming
March 14, 2004(8 rounds) Drew to Julian Rodriguez
(13-9-1) – TD 1 (Time: 1:17)
At Pechanga Entertainment Center