Lem Satterfield

Lem’s latest: Guerrero says God wants him to ‘humble’ Mayweather

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Boxer Robert Guerrero and his wife, Casey, visited the set of  of Good Morning America on Tuesday to meet host Robin Roberts, Guerrero’s promoter, Golden Boy, announced. 

On Monday, the couple visited the shows of CBN’s The 700 Club, hosted by Pat Robertson, TBN’s Praise the Lord show with Carman Licciardello.

Guerrero is also this year’s “Ambassador of Hope” spokesperson for BeTheMatch.org along with Roberts in their quest is to help register minorities into the national bone-marrow registry.

“I’m very excited that I’ll be able to use my platform in boxing to talk about my faith in Jesus Christ, who has guided me to this incredible position,” said Guerrero. “At the same time, I’ll bring awareness to the bone marrow registry.”

On May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 knockouts) will be after his 16th straight win and his 10th knockout during that stretch when he challenges WBC welterweight titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs) on Showtime Pay Per View.

“I’m excited for this fight. Man, I just can’t wait to get out there and fight Floyd Mayweather. I plan to shock the world,” said Guerrero.

“It’s funny, because I’ve been talking to the media and telling them that I’m going to beat Floyd. Now, it’s time to get out there and do it. I’m ready.”

Guerrero is coming off November’s unanimous-decision victory over two-time titleholder Andre Berto, while Mayweather was last in the ring in May when he earned his fifth belt over eight weight divisions with a unanimous decision that dethroned Miguel Cotto as WBA junior middleweight beltholder.

In March of 2010, Guerrero chose to pull out of a scheduled clash with Michael Katsidis in order to be with Casey during her recovery from a bone-marrow transplant.

At ringside for Guerrero’s unanimous decision over Selcuk Aydin in July were Casey and her donor, Katharina Zech, of Germany, whom the Guerrero’s met for the first time earlier that year.

Robert Guerrero’s devotion to his wife and family were recognized when he received The Bill Crawford Award for Courage In The Face of Adversity from the Boxing Writers Association of America in 2011.

“A lot of people think I’m crazy, but I think you’re crazy for thinking that I’m crazy. Just look at my wife. She asked the Lord to heal her and He did,” said Guerrero.

“When you believe, amazing things happen. I’m telling you all now that I am going to beat him. I believe God does things for a reason. I believe God put me here to humble Floyd Mayweather, and it is going to happen.”

Guerrero will end Tuesday’s media appearances by being a guest on ESPN’s Sports Center 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

 

ALANTEZ FOX RETURNS ON APRIL 20

Junior middleweight Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (10-0-1, four knockouts), a 6-foot-5 prospect who turned 21 on March 13, will return to the ring on April 20 at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., against Djolevi Ballogou (8-4, 6 KOs), of Lome, Togo.

Fox, of Forestville, Md., is coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Greg Hackett on March 2 that followed January’s unanimous decision win over Julius Kennedy, with each of his past two triumphs taking place at The Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Md.

“I am in great shape, and being able to stay busy has been a huge benefit for me. That is unfortunate for my opponent, because he’s going to have to find a way to outwork me, which isn’t happening. Keep serving them up, that’s how I feel because a closed mouth don’t get fed and I’m fighting like I’m starving,” said Fox.

“I’m trying to fight as many times possible. It just feels right, being in training camp and preparing for a fight. Each time I go out there, I try to improve and work on the things that will make me a better fighter. So it’s important for me to go out there and make every fight count.”

The card is being promoted by Ross Molovinsky.

“I don’t know if there has been a club card quite like this in history, but we have six former national amateur champions on the card,” said Molovinsky.

“All of them will be matched tough. For example, we have an opponent for Fox who has been in three 12-rounders, Djolevi Ballogou of Lome, Togo.”

Below is the full list:

• Alantez Fox (2010 USA Boxing Under-19 152-pound National Champion)
• Kevin Rivers Jr. (2009 USA Boxing Open 125-pound National Champion)
• Jerry Odom (2012 National Golden Gloves 178-pound Champion)
• Michael Reed (2011 National Golden Gloves 141-pound Champion)
• Gervonta “Rambo” Davis (2012 National Golden Gloves 132-pound Champion
• Demond Nicholson (2008 National PAL 15-16 154-pound Champion

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

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