Pedro Guevara faces Jerry Tomogdan before title rematch
Last summer, then-WBC junior flyweight champion Pedro Guevara widely outpointed mandatory challenger Ganigan Lopez to retain his title. In his next outing he lost his belt to Yu Kimura in Japan. However, in a classic case of fighter A beats B, A loses to C and B beats C, Kimura duly lost the laurels to Lopez earlier this year.
Now the boot is on the other foot and Guevara has worked his way back into the WBC’s 108-pound mandatory position. Guevara, 27, was scheduled to meet Lopez in a rematch for the WBC strap on Saturday. However, two weeks ago Lopez pulled out of the fight with a calf injury.
Although disappointed, Guevara (28-2-1, 17 knockouts) has re-calibrated his focus on late-sub Jerry Tomogdan (21-7-3, 9 KOs), a 22-year-old journeyman from the Philippines. The fight is still scheduled to be at 108 pounds.
“[I’m] just thinking that I need to win this next bout because if I win I’m gonna have the opportunity again [to face Lopez],” Guevara told RingTV.com through his promoter Mariano De Leon.
As usual the Mexican has prepared at home in Mazatlán, working with professors Marcos and Radamez Hernandez for two-and-a-half months, where he says he’s enjoyed a “hard but excellent camp.”
The Televisa show also takes place in Mazatlán, where Guevara will enjoy home advantage.
“Fighting in my homeland is always a blessing,” Guevara said. “I’m gonna dedicate the fight to all my people and my family.”
The qualified lawyer has won both fights since dropping the title to Kimura 11-months ago.
Most recently – in July – whilst ahead on the scorecards Guevara’s fight with Ruben Montoya was curtailed in the sixth round due to a clash of heads that left Guevara cut over the left eye.
Thankfully, he recovered quickly.
“I heal fast,” he explained. “The cut took like a week for it to close. Then I took care of it so it healed OK.”
De Leon remains philosophical about the fight being cancelled, admitting it’s a part of the sport.
“One of the first things you have to learn about the boxing business is that you never know what is going to happen,” explained the promoter. “Of course we where expecting a world title fight but we understand that these things happens.
“We are going to wait for Ganigan to recover and then we set the date for the fight.”
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