Tuesday, October 29, 2013
F. Guerrero seeking to rebound
By Dan Rafael
Fernando Guerrero is ready to get back in the saddle after a setback in his first world title shot.
Time to get back to work for middleweight Fernando Guerrero.
On April 27, in his first shot at a world title, Guerrero took it on the chin. Hard. He was whacked around, dropped four times and stopped in the seventh round by Peter Quillin.
Now Guerrero (25-2, 19 KOs), a 27-year-old southpaw from Salisbury, Md., will try to put that disaster behind him and is set to make his ring return. He will face Raymond Gatica (31-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 10-rounder on Nov. 11 (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio.
"I'm excited to return to the ring and get back in the title picture," Guerrero said. “The Texas fans were great to me when I fought there against J.C. Candelo last year, and I promise to give them another show to remember on Nov. 11."
Gatica, 29, of Austin, Texas, has won two fights in a row by fourth-round knockout this year, following a three-year layoff on the heels of his lone defeat, a sixth-round knockout to Mark Melligen in a welterweight fight.
"Fernando Guerrero is a big name in the division, and I have a lot of respect for him," Gatica said, "but I have every intention of beating him in front of my fellow Texans and making a big statement."
Guerrero-Gatica will serve as the co-feature to the scheduled 10-round main event between southpaw junior welterweights Fidel Maldonado Jr. and Luis Ramos Jr.
Middleweight Terrell Gausha, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, is also on the card in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be determined.