Guerrero headlines in Salisbury
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Some have called Fernando Guerrero one of boxing’s newest “franchise” boxers – a boxer that is very successful in his hometown. In two previous appearances, Guerrero has drawn close to capacity crowds in Salisbury, MD’s Wicomico Civic Center.
However, Guerrero’s third appearance in Salisbury – Friday, June 19 -- will be very special for two reasons. This will be Guerrero’s first main event bout and his brother, Alex, will be making his pro debut.
“This will be a very special moment for us,” Guerrero said. “This will be the first time that Alex and I will be on the same card together.”
Fernando Guerrero (13-0, 11 KO’s) will take on Brian “The Assassin” Norman of Decatur, GA (17-8, five KO’s) in an eight-round contest. Guerrero told Fightnews that Norman is the type of opponent he needs.
“Everybody says that he’s a big step-up for me and that’s what I wanted,” Guerrero said. “It’s about time and he seems to be a worthy opponent. It’s going to be a good show.”
Guerrero said that his mind set has not changed because he is now in the main event instead of the co-feature.
“Not at all,” Guerrero said. “As a professional, it’s all about you. In my mind, I always think I’m in the main event. In Salisbury, they always treat me like I’m in the main event.”
Alex Guerrero, a cruiserweight, will start his pro career after a nine-year amateur career that ended with a solid performance at the recent National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City, UT where Guerrero won a bronze medal. Guerrero will face Rodricka Ray of Jackson, TN (2-1, one KO) in a four-round contest. Fernando Guerrero said his brother is turning pro at the right time.
“Everything is going along at the right time,” Guerrero said. “Our coach (Hal Chernoff) saw that he was progressing. (Alex) has a pro style anyway, so why not turn pro now?”
The six-bout card features undefeated prospects Dominic Wade and Shawn Porter as well as the Ennis Brothers of Philadelphia. The card will be shown live on the internet on www.prizefighttv.com for $4.95.