Joel Casamayor vs. Robert Guerrero Preview

Juan Manuel Marquez takes on Juan Diaz this Saturday, July 31, in a rematch of the 2009 Fight of the Year. The bout headlines an HBO pay-per-view event in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. In the coming days, Inside Fights will preview the four fights being featured on the pay-per-view telecast. Next up, Joel Casamayor and Robert Guerrero in a light welterweight bout.

Joel Casamayor vs. Robert Guerrero

Generally when a fighter gets old, especially in the smaller weight classes, their skills fade and they become sitting ducks for young upstarts. Joel Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs) is an exception this rule. Always one to rely more on guile than speed or power, the 39-year-old Cuban is never one to be overlooked. Casamayor had memorable wars with Diego Corrales and even more recently against Michael Katsidis and Juan Manuel Marquez. A win over Robert Guerrero will set Casamayor up for one last hurrah. Casamayor will be at a disadvantage in all facets of the tale of the tape, but his ring experience makes him the toughest opponent to date for Robert Guerrero.

Like Joel Casamayor, Robert Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) is hoping to set himself back up for bigger fights by winning on Saturday. Guerrero, 27, was set to face Michael Katsidis earlier this year in what would have been the biggest fight of his life and a main event slot on HBO. But Guerrero decided to cancel the fight in order to be with his ailing wife as she recovered from leukemia. Guerrero is a strong puncher but he racked up most of his knockouts at 126 pounds. He will be fighting at least ten pounds over that mark this Saturday. While Guerrero has great motivation to knock Casamayor out in Las Vegas, the task may prove to be too challenging.

Both southpaws with a lot to prove, the fight between Joel Casamayor and Robert Guerrero should be a good one. Casamayor can be wildly unpredictable, sometimes to his own detriment. The safe bet is with Guerrero but I’ll take it a step further and say The Ghost stops Casamayor in eight.

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