FightPost Prospect of the Month: Alejandro Guerrero
By Gary Kittilsen
On a month that was cut short and saw most of its big cards postponed due to the coronaVirus, it did, however, showcase a few cards that highlighted some attractive blue-chip prospects.
On the last televised card in the US, that took place in a small casino town in Minnesota, Alejandro “Pork Chop” Guerrero of Irving, Texas, delivered down the stretch to turn the tide, hurt his opponent, and take a hard-earned decision to capture of Prospect of the Month award for March.
The future is bright for the native Texan who recently signed with famed manager Cameron Duncan.
Duncan adds Guerrero to his current stable of prospects that include such highly touted prospects as Jaron “Boots” Ennis, and Brandun Lee.
The famed manager spoke highly of his new lightweight acquisition:
“I’m really happy that I was able to work out a deal with ‘Pork Chop.’ He is an excellent young fighter who I think has all the talent in the world. He is a fun fighter and I think fans will have a blast when they get to know him.”
Guerrero stepped into the ring in an empty arena at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, with a lot on the line. He was fighting his first eight-rounder, against by far the toughest opponent of his career and was fighting on the last televised card in the US for the foreseeable future. This meant, despite the arena that was empty for precautionary reasons, he had a lot more eyes on him and in the biggest fight of his career.
Things didn’t get off to a great start, his opponent Jose Angulo, the longer, rangier fighter controlled the early rounds with his jab and movement. Unloading lightning-quick three and four punch combinations that would score and he would keep circling and avoiding the return fire and pressure of Guerrero.
The Texan started to have some success in the fourth and fifth tracking his man down and getting on the inside. However, he was still eating plenty of shots. Perhaps, thinking the fight was up for grabs after five rounds, Guerrero picked up the pace and seized control of the fight in the sixth.
Picking up the aggression and scoring with heavy combinations on the inside he stunned Angulo with a chopping right nearing the midpoint of the round.
The seventh saw more of the same A right by Guerrero caught his opponent sending him into retreat but a motivated ‘Pork Chop” Guerrero attacked, followed him to the other side of the ring and unloaded several right hands as the bell sounded to end the seventh.
Sensing he was in control and on the verge of a stoppage Guerrero went for it in the final round scoring a four-punch combination hurting Angulo.
Guerrero wobbled Angulo again with a left hook that landed with 35 seconds to go in the final round. Angulo was able to survive but the Texan had down more than enough to secure a majority decision victory to move to 12-0 (9).
Judges Eli Staples (79-73) and Tim Taggart (78-74) scored for Guerrero overruling Judge John Mariano’s even (76-76) scorecard.
Guerrero showed a lot of skill, offensive explosiveness, and grit, in his come from behind victory over Jose Angulo. He is going to need every bit of the skill, explosiveness, and grit in a lightweight division that is chock filled with young talents.
Fighters such as Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, and fellow Texan Hector Tanajara. Duncan is going to expect his lightweight to be competing with those big named lightweights in the relatively near future.
Guerrero was out of the ring for over 10 months when he as finalising his contract with Duncan. The deal is signed and Duncan has his blue-chip lightweight prospect active and back on the path to competing in the star-studded lightweight division.