Initial timetable for return is set at four
to six months
When Robert Guerrero woke up last Thursday morning unable to move his left arm, he automatically feared the worse.
“When you have a dead arm you get kind of scared,” Guerrero said Thursday, speaking to the Dispatch for the first time since suffering a left shoulder injury that forced his withdraw from Saturday’s heavily anticipated WBA interim super lightweight world title bout against Marcos Maidana.
“I’m glad that it wasn’t career-ending,” Guerrero said. “The good thing is that we already got to the bottom of it.”
The five-time world champion will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff Tuesday and could be kept out of action up to six months. Scar tissue that has formed from a previous injury will also be removed.
“They are going to go in and clean everything up,” Guerrero said. “I’m just glad it’s going to get all taken care of so I can get back on the road.”
Despite the projected lengthy absence from boxing, Guerrero is optimistic and expects 100-percent recovery.
“I’ve been looking at the positives. These are things you have to deal with in professional sports. When you are a high-caliber athlete you work your body hard. Thank God it didn’t happen during the fight. I don’t like looking at the negatives because you look at the negatives and it only brings you down,” he said.
The injury occurred last Wednesday during a sparring session in Big Bear, three days before Guerrero was to break camp.
“I felt it and what went through my mind was ‘ah, man, this ain’t good’ because it was hurting pretty bad,” Guerrero said, recounting the hours after tweaking the shoulder. “I went home and thought I could just ice it up. Next day I woke up and I couldn’t move it at all.
The frustration Guerrero does feel stems from not being able to step into the ring.
“This was going to be a showcase fight for me,” he said. “I was ready to go.”
Dr. Michael Dillingham, who has lent his services to the San Francisco 49ers, will perform the procedure.
“I just want to tell everyone thank you for all the support,” Guerrero said. “Everybody around town and in the Bay Area, they are more concerned with me getting better than anything else and that makes me feel good and want to come back even better.”