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Guerrero pursues third straight KO against Fitzpatrick

Fighters Network


Middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero, of Salisbury, Md., will pursue his third straight knockout when he makes his fifth appearance on Showtime’s ShoBox: The Next Generation against Chris “The Irish Ghost”‘ Fitzpatrick on the undercard of a main event featuring former undisputed middleweight champ Jermain Taylor on April 20.

A 25-year-old southpaw, Guerrero (23-1, 18 knockouts) suffered his only loss in June, when he was stopped in the fourth round by a then-40-year-old journeyman, Grady Brewer, a bout for which he weighed in at a career-low 152 pounds and three quarters.

Since then, however, Guerrero has returned to middleweight, scoring a fifth-round stoppage of Robert Kliewer last December and a fifth-round stoppage of Jason Naugler in February.

Guerrero fought a few pounds over the 160-pound middleweight limit for those fights and will do so again against Fitzpatrick (15-1, 6 KOs), of Las Vegas, whose sixth-round knockout of Ken Dunham in February helped him to rebound from October’s unanimous decision loss to Jose Medina.


A resident of Little Rock, Ark., Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) will headline what is a triple-header against Caleb Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs) after having ended a 26-month ring absence with an eighth-round stoppage of Baltimore’s Jessie Nicklow in December.

In another bout, junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) will meet Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs), as Lara tries to rebound from July’s majority decision loss to Paul Williams, a bout most ringsiders thought Lara won.

In his last appearance on ShoBox, Guerrero rose from an eighth-round knockdown to earn a 10-round, unanimous decision victory over veteran Ishe Smith in July of 2010.

Guerrero’s other Showtime-televised wins were over Michael Walker, Nicklow, and, Tyrone Watson in April of 2010, December of 2009, and, October of 2008, respectively.

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