With his dominant performance against Andre Berto on Nov. 24, WBC interim welterweight champion, Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), proved once and for all that he's a legitimate threat in the 147-pound division.
"The Ghost" hurt Berto early and often during the fight, and he kept up his aggression throughout their 12-rounder. Guerrero came into the fight as the underdog, but he walked away with the unanimous decision, successfully defending his WBC welterweight title against a legitimate contender.
Over the years, Guerrero has displayed his technically savvy inside the ring, but he showed another side of his skills against Berto, dominating the bigger man inside. Guerrero displayed his punching power early in the fight (sending Andre to the canvas during the first two rounds), and he also proved that he can take a punch, eating a decent number of hard shots from Berto over the course of the fight.
With the win, Robert Guerrero has clearly earned the right to challenge some of the big-names in the division, and the Californian still wants a shot at boxing's pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather. He called Floyd out during his post-fight interview with HBO's Max Kellerman, and he reiterated his desire shortly after on Twitter.
"I told everyone I ain't no joke," Guerrero tweeted. "@FloydMayweather I'm coming for you! You can run but you can't hide. I want to thank all my fans. God bless."
Given the toughness and sheer determination Guerrero exhibited against Berto, he's certainly earned the right to call out Mayweather. Of course, Mayweather is in a different class by himself, but Guerrero should be able to hold his own against him, especially if he's able to do a lot of infighting against Floyd.
Robert Guerrero tried to secure a fight against Timothy Bradley before agreeing to fight Berto, but "Desert Storm" wasn't interested in the matchup. Bradley didn't think Guerrero was popular enough to earn him the kind of payday he wanted, but Robert's performance against Berto might just change his mind.
For quite some time, Guerrero has had a hard time getting big-name boxers to fight him, but his imposing performance against Berto will probably change all that.