Domincan Republic-born Fernando Guerrero believes he has the mentally to conquer reigning world champion Peter Quillin and take his WBO middleweight title on February 9.
The 26 year-old, whose solitary loss in 26 bouts was a fourth round KO defeat to Contender champion Grady Brewer in 2011, is ready to step up to world-class level and score a breakthrough victory over the undefeated American.
“It’s time that I prove the whole world that I have what it takes to be a champion,” Fernando Guerrero told World Boxing News. “Quillin is beatable just like anybody else. There is no difference between us. He is strong and so am I. It’s all mental.
“I will become champion, then I plan to finally go to Dominican Republic and celebrate with my people. I’ll bring the title back to Maryland and go back to the school kids and show them that hard work pays off.”
When asked about the prospect of avenging his only blemish against Brewer, Guerrero added: “I feel that once I’m a champion I don’t need a rematch with anybody to prove to myself that I’m the best.”
The fight takes place on the undercard of Danny Garcia’s light-welterweight title defence against multi-time world champion Zab Judah.
Daniel Jacobs and Dmitriy Salita providing back-up on a stacked card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.