August 19, 2011 by
American Robert Guerrero has injured his shoulder in training meaning his world title fight with Marcos Maidana at the end of the month has been called off.
Guerrero was in a destructive mood earlier this year when he beat Michael Katsidis to claim the Interim WBA and WBO Lightweight titles, a victory that earned him his chance against Maidana.
Richard Schaefer is the CEO at Golden Boy Promotions and he had the following to say about the injury sustained by Guerrero. “It was numb and he couldn’t move it at all. They iced it. They were hoping it was going to get better overnight. It did not. It got worse.”
He went on to say, “He can’t even put a jacket on, or a shirt, and move the arm at all. They are afraid it could be a torn rotator cuff. We don’t know.”
If it is a torn rotator cuff Guerrero could be on the sidelines for a long period of time, but it is hoped he will make a full recovery.
August 15, 2011 by
Gavin Rees was due to defend his European Lightweight Title against Derry Matthews in July, but because of an ill-timed hand injury the fight had to be called off, but it is now back on and it will take place on 1st October.
The fight will be staged in Wales and two of Rees’ last three fights have been staged in his home country. He defeated John Watson there last year to claim the vacant British Lightweight Title, and earlier this year he defeated Andy Murray to claim the European title.
Rees is a previous World Champion, but he lost his WBA Super-Lightweight belt and his proud unbeaten record against Andreas Kotelnik in 2008. That is still his only loss in his 36 career fights.
Derry Matthews will be Rees’ opponent in October and he earned his chance for a crack at the title by defeating Stephen Jennings in June to take his record to 29-5.
Eddie Hearn who promotes Rees said, “Gavin is on the hunt for a world-title shot and Derry will be a real test after coming of a series of impressive wins.”
The fight takes place at The Newport Centre and it is sure to attract a sell-out crowd, and a crowd that will be extremely vocal and partisan towards local boy Gavin Rees.