It's that time of year once again, a time when ghost sightings increase! Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero will step into the ring and face a tough Gamaliel Diaz (19-5-2) on December 2, 2005 at the Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore California. The Ghost is coming off of a 1st round KO over Sammy Ventura (22-14-0), and looks to add another win to his undefeated record. Ghost is currently (16-0-9KO) . Boxingtalk just sat down and spent a little time with the talented up and comer and this is what he had to say.BT - Robert thanks for talking to Boxingtalk, what's up man?
RG - I got Gamaliel Diaz next, and he's a tough strong guy that comes to fight. I do see some flaws with him that I will try to exploit. He comes straight at you, and puts the pressure on you.BT - Ghost, what are some things you do when preparing for fights like this.
RG - I look at some video, and look for his flaws. I will establish my jab and fire the rest of my punches from there.BT - Robert this guy hasn't lost a fight since July of 2000, I am guessing you are not looking past him.
RG - This guy's confidence is super high right now, and yes he has not lost in years. He is coming to fight, and he is ready and had a lot of time to prepare. I am going to be ready for him, that's for sure.BT - Robert, you have an all star team around with you with John Bray training, Shelly Finkel managing, Mario Serrano PR, Goosen Tutor promoting, talk about how that has helped your career thus far.
RG - Everybody is working real hard, Shelly has done a tremendous job, Bray is just awsome showing me the things I need to increase my game, and be a true professional. Mario Serrano is really working too, he's always on the ball setting things up for me, and getting my name out there.BT - Robert, I know you don't like to look past fighters.. but where does a win against Diaz in December put you concerning a title shot?
RG - I am looking at the beginning of next year for a title shot. God willing this next fight goes good, and hopefully the fight after that one will be a title shot.BT - Robert, you were named honorary team captain in the USA vs Mexio amateur tournament in San Francisco, talk about that.
RG - Yes, it's USA vs Mexico and the amateur duels are always exciting. You get some of the best action you will see because they have no time to waist they go straigh at it. I am looking forward to this event very much.BT - Robert, what do you enjoy doing when you're not boxing?
RG - I enjoy spending time my with wife and my daughter, my daughter is 8 months old and she is the best thing that has ever happened to me. When I finish camp I can't wait to spend time with my family, that's what I enjoy the most when I am not boxing. BT - Robert, are people in the bay area beginning to recognize you now?
RG - Yes, I get stopped from time to time now. You know, from the bay area there are two guys in boxing now, Andre Ward and Robert Guerrero. I do get stopped now in public by some fans. I enjoy talking to them, it's an honor.BT - Ghost, I am going to throw a few things at you, and give me a one or two word answer.
RG - ok coolBT - Muhammad Ali
RG - Great fighter!BT - Mike Tyson
RG - Crazy (laughing)BT - Current Heavyweight Division.
RG - Weak!BT - Manny Pacquiao
RG - Super fast!BT - Robert, talk about the more recent Olympic Boxing Teams. It seems that compared to the 70's and 80's teams the more current teams have dropped in talent. Of course Jermain Taylor, and Andre Ward, and a few other guys are the exception.
RG - I think it has to do with the scoring system. When you change up the scoring system you have to adjust, and that is hurting the fighters because all they do now is head hunt. It's more than head hunting, you need to work the body. I really feel the adjustment they had to make with the scoring system had an impact on the recent Olympic Teams.BT - Ghost, talk to your fans.
RG - In 2006 there's nothing left for me to do but win a world title. I look forward to doing my job, and producing electrifying fights for my fans.BT - Ghost, I appreciate the time.
RG - Brad , stay in touch God Bless.
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