Friday, October 16, 2009

Photo Gallery: Fernando Guerrero vs Ossie Duran

Fernando Guerrero (pictured left), one of the most exciting young fighters in the sport was back in action last Saturday night against Ossie Duran (right).

In front of his hometown fans at a cold Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland, the 23 year old battled it out with the tough veteran from Ghana over 10 closely contested rounds.

Photographer Cheryl Nemazie was ringside to capture all the action.

Fernando Guerrero vs Ossie Duran

Photos © Cheryl Nemazie / Click on the images to enlarge.

The two fighters pose for photographers at the Thursday pre-fight press conference.

Guerrero brought a 15-0 record into the bout, while Duran entered with a ledger of 23-7-2.
Fans peer down from their seats at the walkway leading from the dressing rooms to the grass field - normally the domain of the Class A Delmarva Shoebirds baseball club - as they wait for the fighters to make their entrance.
The hometown fighter acknowledges the near capacity crowd gathered at the 5,200 seat ballpark.

Below - Referee Gary Camponeschi has the fighters touch gloves before the start of hostilities.
Duran proved to be Guerrero's toughest test to date, extending the youngster the full 10 rounds in narrowly losing a majority decision.

The scores were 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95.
Guerrero proudly shows off his first piece of professional hardware - the NABO 160 pound belt.

On the under-card, Fernando's brother Alex (pictured on the right in the first photo) made his second pro-start a winning one with a unanimous decision over Rodricka Ray in a 4 rounder. The two fighters previously met back in June with Guerrero taking a majority decision.