Robert Guerrero firm on Aron Martinez win, eyes world title shot

Phil Jay 26/08/2015

Former world champion Robert Guerrero has admitted that he may have fought the wrong strategy for part of his recent clash with Aron Martinez but has dismissed suggestions that his opponent may have done enough to win.

The 32 year-old was handed the June clash at the StubHub Center on two of the jugdes’ scorecards, although a third saw it 95-94 to Martinez – something Guerrero strongly disagreed with when speaking about the contest to WBN.

Guerrero is now in line for another world title shot at welterweight after initial calls for a rematch with Martinez died down, and hopes to be sharing the ring with any current crop of the champions soon.

“I believe it was a close fight, but I did what I had to do to come out on top,” Guerrero exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Aron Martinez came to fight and he was game, but I felt once I started boxing he didn’t know what to do. I should have boxed like that from the opening round, but sometimes I like to go toe to toe and no one can say I’m a boring fighter. I believe I won every round from the fifth onwards and won a couple of the early rounds as well.”

Having lost to Keith Thurman and Floyd Mayweather in previous world title challenges at 147lbs, Guerrero knows he may be running out of opportunities to finally nail down a belt at welterweight, but won’t shy away from any challenges that present themselves in the future.

“I’m willing to fight anyone, including all welterweight champions,” he confirmed. “I’ve never backed down from anyone and nothing has changed.”

Asked whether he expects to fight again before the end of the year, Guerrero added: “I’m waiting for my management team to let me know when and as soon as I get the call I’m all game.”

As ex-opponent Mayweather is due to retire in September following his bout with Andre Berto, Guerrero is sure to be one of those considered to fight for the forthcoming vacant WBA and WBC titles.

Fights against the likes of fellow-PBC fighter’s Danny Garcia, Amir Khan and Shawn Porter remain distinct possibilities for later in the year.