Robert Guerrero shockingly loses to Argentine Peralta

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Updated: August 28, 2016

In a night of stunning surprises and dramatic upsets, former three-division world champion Robert Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs) suffered a stunning 12-round, split-decision defeat to David Emmanuel Peralta (26-2-1, 14 KOs), a taxi-cab driver from Argentina who never fought in the United States. In another surprise, Alfredo Angulo (24-6, 20 KOs), a former WBO junior middleweight titlist who is well-known for his dramatic slugfests, came-up short against Freddie Hernandez (34-8, 22 KOs). Both bouts, along with undefeated U.S Olympian Terrerll Gausha (19-0, 9 KOs) majority-decision win over Steven Martinez (16-3, 13 KOs), comprised of a Premier Boxing Champions tripleheader that was televised live on Spike TV from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

Guerrero, who didn’t fight since January after losing a 12-round decision to Danny Garcia for the then vacant WBC welterweight championship, has lost four of his last six fights dating back to his 12-round unanimous decision against Floyd Mayweather in May 2013.

Guerrero’s other loss to WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman more than two years ago was against an unbeaten world titlist on the rise. There really was no shame in losing to Mayweather, Thurman, and Garcia – all undefeated fighters at the top of the 147-pound class.

“I want to get back in there with the top guys,” Guerrero said. “All the fights are there. I have to get back in that position. I have to get them to stand toe-to-toe with me. “I don’t need to prove anything to myself. I know I can fight. I come in and work hard every day. I have to go and prove it to the fans. The fans are what makes us. I have to prove it to everybody watching that I’m there at the top level. ”

Unfortunately for Guerrero, his performance against Peralta was one of his worst in quiet sometime. The fight was much closer than expected, as the less talented Peralta successfully matched Guerrero’s power with solid counters and effective punching. Peralta pivoted to the side to keep pace and counter Guerrero effectively. Peralta made Guerrero miss, as he was able to rock the former world champion backwards. Peralta slipped punches, maintained his balance, and proved that he was worthy of the biggest fight of his career against Guerrero.

The judges scored the bout 115-113 (Peralta), 115-113 (Guerrero), and 115-113 (Peralta).

“I thought I clearly won the fight,” Guerrero said afterward. “For the judge to say I lost eight rounds sounds crazy to me. Peralta was very awkward, but I felt I won. I won the rounds when I boxed.”

It was a close fight, but Guerrero, surprisingly came-up short against an opponent, regardless of how overmatched, fought the fight of his career.

“I was a cab driver, driving cabs in Argentina,” Peralta said. “I was offered a chance to fight in the U.S. and came away victorious,” Peralta said. “I came to fight and I knew I would win. He is a very good fighter but I hit him with the harder shots.”

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