Guerrero on track to greatness!

Age: 22
Born: October 12, 1986 in the Dominican Republic
Hometown:  Salisbury, Maryland
Height: 5’ 9” Weight: 160 pounds
Pro Record:  13-0, 11 KOs
Former World Cadet Junior Olympics & 2007 USA Nationals Champion

Unbeaten middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero is on the fast track to greatness.

Born in the Dominican Republic, he moved at the age of eight with his family to Buffalo, and a few years later his family resettled in Salisbury, Maryland, where he eventually met Hal Chernoff, owner of Main Street Gym.

One day when Fernando was 14, Chernoff came to the Guerrero home to pick-up Fernando’s older brothers, Carmello and Alex, and take them to the gym. Hal asked Fernando why he wasn’t going with them to the gym and Guerrero jokingly said, “I’m the smart one.”

A good all-around athlete, Fernando went to Hal’s gym, tried boxing and didn’t like it. He went home, thought things over, and decided to box even if it was just something to do. He’s been in the gym ever since.

When he was 16, Fernando participated in the U.S. National Junior Olympics Tournament in Louisiana, where Guerrero won his opening match but was later disqualified because, technically speaking, he wasn’t a legal resident of the U.S. An arrangement was made that, if Fernando was allowed to represent his native Dominican Republic, he would be permitted to compete in the World Cadet Junior Olympics. Due to the oppressive summer heat in Louisiana, Guerrero dropped weight and switched from the 154-pound division to 145, and Guerrero upset Shawn Porter in the gold-medal match.

Fernando captured silver at the 2006 National Golden Gloves Tournament, following that with a gold-medal performance in the 2007 National Golden Glove Tournament, defeating Terrance Hanaway, Donta Woods and Porter, once again, in the championship bout.

Although Fernando failed to make the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, his well-rounded style that combines superior agility, quick hands and power is better suited for the pros than amateurs.

“Fernando has a dominant personality,” Guerrero’s manager, head trainer and surrogate father Chernoff remarked. “He’s so much of a competitor that he despises not winning, at anything, not just boxing. It’s just in his blood.”

When his parents moved back to the Dominican Republic, Fernando moved in with Hal, despite having an opportunity to live in Salisbury with his older brother. “Hal told me everything I wanted to hear,” Fernando explained. “I started working with him when I was 14. He’s always been honest and I wanted to be with him. He’s never cheated at anything and I admire him a lot. He had always supported me, even with school projects, and so I moved in with him. I was still in high school and needed parental supervision. I couldn’t be happier.”

Guerrero made his pro debut December 8, 2007, stopping Derrick Douglas in the second round. Fernando reeled-off nine straight wins by knockout before winning a unanimous 8-round decision against previously undefeated Tyrone Watson (7-0) last October. In his last ring action (February 6, 2009), Guerrero won an 8-round decision versus Gabriel Rosado (10-2).

Fernando Guerrero is promoted by Prize Fight Boxing and he’s managed and trained by Hal Chernoff.

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