By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) and Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) are just days away from their welterweight showdown as both worked out for the media Monday afternoon at the Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. Berto-Guerrero will be for Guerrero’s interim WBC welterweight title which will take place this Saturday at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on HBO.
The former welterweight champion Berto had been training in Winter Haven, Florida for Guerrero. He looked anxious shadowboxing at Monday’s workout. Suddenly a member of his team shouted, “Beast vs. Ghost, ghost is a dead man walking and he (Berto) is the ghost buster!”
“Training has been great I’m ready, focused, not getting injured and taking care of myself. I have great people working with me,” Berto told Fightnews.com.
This will be Berto’s first fight in over a year. “I have a lot of emotions built up from last year. I had a crazy year, a roller coaster year, last year. I’m just anxious to get back in there I’m looking forward to it,” Berto added.
The Ghost comes into this fight ready as all the hard work is done and he’s in the final phases of his training camp preparing for Berto. Guerrero has been preparing in Las Vegas for this fight, working with his longtime trainer and father Ruben Guerrero.
“Training with my dad is great he knows if I am slacking off. He is on my ass all the time that is one of the reasons I like working with him. My father treats me like a man but when he gets mad I know I am slacking off,” Guerrero told Fightnews on training with his father.
“Training went great we stepped up our game and exercises, altered my diet. I am prepared. I have a couple of days left. Sparring went great everything worked out,” Guerrero said. “I brought in a guy, Lonnie Smith, he emulated Berto very well, real body strong. I had good sparring with him. Expect me to come out and kick butt. I am putting the pedal to the metal!”
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Also at Monday’s workout were Keith “One Time” Thurman (18-0, 17 KOs) and former world champion Carlos “Indio” Quintana (29-3, 23 KOs). Thurman vs. Quintana will be the co-headliner Saturday night.
Thurman will step up in class as he takes on former world champion Carlos Quintana.
Thurman jumped rope at yesterday’s workout as he talked with the press. “I respect him and I respect any fighter that steps in the ring. It takes a warrior I never disrespect but you all write off boxers and some of you have never stepped in the ring.” Thurman said
Fightnews caught up with Thurman as he spoke on his preparation and opponent. “Training camp was good I feel good my weigh is good I feel good about this fight I am come Saturday,” Thurman told us. “Only some of the top elite fighters have beaten Quintana and that’s the main reason I wanted that fight. Taking this match will be proof that I am a top contender in the jr. middleweight and welterweight division, expect a good fight.”
The Puerto Rican veteran Quintana said he’s ready after an intense workout Monday and talked about his preparations.
“I am very well prepared my training camp was great in Puerto Rico. I went straight to the gym two weeks after my last fight. Now it’s just a matter of coming in strong for the fight and you will see Saturday,” Quintana told Fightnews.com.
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