Robert Guerrero retired after a 2017 loss to Omar Figueroa Jr, but the itch came back late last year, and the veteran returned to the ring, winning a pair of fights in December and March. Tonight, he made it three straight, going the distance with Kansas club fighter Jerry Thomas.
Guerrero, now 36, won the fight on scores of . Bad Left Hook had it 99-91 for Guerrero (36-6-1, 20 KO), giving Thomas (14-2-1, 8 KO) the ninth round and nothing else.
Guerrero is certainly past his better years, which has been clear for a while now, but he’s not completely physically shot, in that he moves around the ring pretty smoothly still, and doesn’t labor to throw punches. But wins over Thomas, Adam Mate, and Hevinson Herrera don’t make it easy to forget that he probably should have lost to Aron Martinez in 2015, did lose to David Peralta in 2016, and was unable to hold up under fire against Figueroa in 2017.
In other words, no, Guerrero is not “back” as a serious contender at 147, which doesn’t mean PBC might not try to put him in with a top guy in an ugly stay-busy at some point. But more likely he could wind up in with someone like Sergey Lipinets, Yordenis Ugas, and Jamal James, second-tier PBC welterweights, at least in terms of marketability and whatnot. He’d be the underdog against any of them, no question.