Former world champion Robert Guerrero is pushing for a second shot at Danny Garcia ahead of his return to action against David Peralta this weekend.
‘The Ghost’ lost a unanimous decision to Garcia in January and needs to take care of Peralta in style at the Honda Center in order to set-up a potential return with the WBC welterweight champion before the New Year.
Guerrero has found himself the underdog in his last couple of major fights, at odds similar to that of a mobile casino, but begins a strong favourite to defeat Peralta and get his career back on track.
“I’m ready for a world title shot now. I want the Danny Garcia rematch,” said Guerrero.
“I feel like I won the fight. He had some flashy shots but he didn’t want to fight. It is what it is and it motivates me to get back to that position.”
“I’ve worked on a lot of things during camp. I’m working on staying more on my toes and breaking some of the bad habits I’ve had.
“I like to just go forward but there is a lot more to my game. I have to work behind my jab and I think I’ll have success.
“I’ve had so much repetition in the gym and that’s been key to my game. I have to work hard in the ring. I can’t just mow everybody down,” he added.
Guerrero hasn’t put two victories together in almost four years, and at 33 years of age can ill-afford anything but a convincing win that would put him back in the mix for not only Garcia but the rest of the champions at 147.
Garcia has a voluntary defence of his WBC Welterweight title to come but will be stipulated for a mandatory early next year.
It could be that Guerrero would miss out due to WBC rulings, although a shot at one of the other belt holders wouldn’t be out of the question should the multi-weight champion have his hand raised this weekend.
Opponent Peralta is somewhat unheralded but can make a name for himself with a what would be a shock triumph on the Premier Boxing Champions card.