Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero announces retirement from ring after 16 years


Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero, right, absorbs a punch from Omar Figueroa Jr. during their bout Saturday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y./Photo by Rich Schultz, Getty Images


Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on Monday announced his retirement from boxing, two days after he was decked five times by Omar Figueroa Jr., who stopped Guerrero in the third round of their scheduled 10-round welterweight bout at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

“First, I want to thank God for allowing me to have a wonderful career,” Guerrero said in a statement. “I’m a kid from a small town in Gilroy, Calif., who made it to the mountaintop of the boxing world. When I was a young kid growing up, I always believed in myself.

“But never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined a small-town kid like myself would be fighting in front of millions of fans.”

Guerrero, 34, compiled a record of 33-6-1 with 18 knockouts with his first bout taking place in April 2001. He went 2-5 in his final seven fights, losing his final three. He won major world titles at featherweight and super featherweight and interim titles at lightweight and welterweight.


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