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HBO Boxing – Vicente Escobedo Vs. Robert Guerrero

This isn’t a huge fight in the scheme of things, but I try to watch most fights by Gilroy’s Ghost Guerrero.

Guerrero had to turn down a fight against Michael Katsidis, which would’ve been his biggest pay day because of his wife’s illness. He last fought on the same card as Juan Diaz vs. Juan Manuel Marquez II, beating Joel Casamayor, though in unimpressive style.

Ghost is walking Escobedo down and throwing straight combinations and landing well. And then he’s following it up with a right hook, one in which bloodied the right side of his head. Actually, on the replay Escobedo’s cut came from a clash of their heads and not from a punch.

This was a good round for both guys. Escobedo went toe-to-toe with him for the most part and both guys were landing some decent shots. Guerrero tapped the right side of his head with a double hook off the break that made Escobedo bleed again.

Guerrero knocked him down with a right hook and then a left that didn’t do as much of the damage. Escobedo led with his head while trying to get inside and got caught. Once he got up, they fought pretty evenly, though Ghosts shots just look bigger and stiffer than Escobedo’s.

Escobedo landed a nice combination to end the round. It was the first time he stopped Ghost from walking him down and moving forward. I thought it was his best round and he might’ve won it.

Escobedo went down again, but the referee said he went down via a slip. Yet, he was also cut, which the referee said came via the slip. Um, unless he fell face first, how would that happen? Escobedo went down again after he couldn’t keep Guerrero off him, but it was called a slip again. The replay showed that the first slip came from a clashing of the heads. And the second slip was more Escobedo being tired and could’ve easily been called a knockdown.

Escobedo went down again. He looked to land a right hook and then was dropped immediately there after with an uppercut. Ghost stayed pretty safe after the knockdown.

Maybe the most dull round of a pretty good fight. Both guys landed hooks at one point in what was the best trade of the round. Escobedo may not be winning many rounds, but he’s taken Ghost’s best and he still looks fairly fresh at this point. I still only have him winning one.

Another dull round, but it’s because Ghost isn’t as aggressive, probably because he knows he’s up in the fight. He’s also getting hit a little bit more than he should, which shows me that he’s at his best defensively, when he’s on the offensive.

Escobedo might’ve won this round, but it’s still close. Escobedo landed a couple of loud punches that didn’t do much damage, but Ghost was still the quicker fighter and I think landed more shots.

Escobedo probably won this round too. Interestingly enough, Escobedo looked much stronger by the end of the fight than he did at the beginning. Still, have to think Ghost takes this pretty easily.

Winner: Robert Guerrero by way of unanimous decision

The scores were 100-88, 98-90, 96-92. The first judge had Guerrero pitch a shutout, which is arguable, but Escobedo definitely deserved a few of those late rounds.
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