By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated and highly-regarded middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero returns to the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in his hometown of Salisbury, MD Friday for an eight-round co-feature bout against Gabriel “King” Rosado of Philadelphia, PA. After a successful amateur career, Guerrero (12-0, 11KO’s) had a busy first year punching for pay, fighting 12 times. A highlight of Guerrero’s first year was his October 3 bout against Tyrone Watson, the first time Guerrero fought at home as a pro. Six-thousand fans were in attendance as Guerrero won an eight-round unanimous decision.
“Everything is coming together for me,” Guerrero said. “Everyone is asking me, how can I do this? It just comes from my whole background and what I used to do when I was 13 or 14 years old. I was always with the kids helping out in the community. I’m just glad and honored to support my town.”
As he begins his second pro campaign, Guerrero told Fightnews that the goal is to gain more experience in the business.
“I’m trying now to accelerate my career,” Guerrero said. “Even though I had a lot of knockouts, I still feel I haven’t shown what I can do. I want to show what I truly have.”
Guerrero will take a step up in competition when he faces Rosado (10-2, six KO’s) as part of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast. Rosado, who is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated James Moore in June of 2008, has already thrown down the gauntlet for this contest, telling the Salisbury Daily Times that he felt Guerrero could dish it out but wondered if Guerrero could take it. Guerrero says he loves hearing the opponent’s trash talk.
“I love all of that but talk is cheap,” Guerrero said. “I’m not much on talking. I’m a fighter, that’s what I do. I just want to put my fists in their mouth.”
The main event on the card is a matchup for the NABF and NABA Light Heavyweight titles. Yusaf Mack of Philadelphia, PA (26-2-2, 16 KO’s) will battle Houston, TX’s “Hard Hittin’ Chris Henry (23-1, 18 KO’s.) Former amateur standouts Dominic Wade of Largo, MD and Shawn Porter of Akron, OH will also be on the card. Wade will make his pro debut while Porter (4-0, four KO’s) will try to maintain his perfect record.
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