Saturday, August 22, 2009

Guerrero Beats Klassen to Win Belt

By Lee Payton

Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero threw 100 punches a round on his way to a 12 round unanimous decision win over Malcolm Klassen. While he only landed about 1 in 5 all night long, the constant activity kept the former title holder's hands busy on defense most of the time.

Check out our live round by round blog coverage of the show, including the Jacobs/Smith and Malignaggi/Diaz bouts.

It was the best performance of Guerrero's career. He took advantage of his overall edge in quickness by getting off first with the most all night long. Once he was finished letting loose with a speedy combination, he turned to his right, making Klassen pick up his feet and start all over again.

It looked like things might get dicey in the middle rounds as the South African came on strong, but Guerrero was able to take back control late. His energy level was extremely impressive tonight. The time he spent in Big Bear obviously did him a lot of good. He owes his new belt to the thin air up there.