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Pedro Guevara: Hope of Unification

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By Derek Bonnett


Back in 2012, Pedro Guevara received his first world title shot. He was dropped in the opening round by then champion John Reil Casimero, but rose to his feet to see the remaining 12 rounds out only to see defeat with two judges’ cards showing the difference of only one point. Guevara did not hang his head for too long and went on to build a six fight win-streak through 2013 and 2014. Along the way, he scored the biggest victories of his career defeating Raul Garcia, Mario Rodriguez, and Akira Yaegashi to become the WBC light flyweight champion.

 

Guevara captured his title in Japan on the same card which Naoya Inoue punctuated a brilliant 2014. Amid the hordes of accolades being heaped upon the greatly deserving Japanese star, many forgot to take exception to the work Guevara produced on the same day. Guevara showed excellent composure in boxing his way to a brilliant finish of his own, stopping Yaegashi with a single shot to the body in round seven. Guevara, 25, improved his record to 24-1-1 (16). That includes 3-1-1 against current or future world champions, with that one draw being avenged against Rodriguez. For some, Guevara came out of obscurity to win, but the lighter weight aficionado knew it was only a matter of time before the Sinaloa fighter surged to the top of his division.


"It feels very good, excellent, because it means [my effort] is working and my matur[ity]is good," Guevara told SecondsOut in passable English. "[Winning in Japan] was awesome. It was a different experience."

 

Having been so close against Casimero, the Mexican fighter has to feel a sense of redemption knowing that this win came against a two-division champion, who was moving back down for the chance to claim a third divisional title. Guevara prepared for this challenge by studying the work of another lighter weight champion.

 

"Well, we work so hard for this fight," Guevara explained. "We concentrated on his way of fighting and watched many of Yaegashi’s fights. Mainly, the Roman Gonzalez fight."

 

Ordinarily, few would draw serious comparison between Guevara and the Nicaraguan Pound for Pound entrant, but Guevara’s poise, punch efficiency, and bodywork certainly could have been due to the close scrutiny paid to Gonzalez’ success against Yaegashi just months before. Not bad adjustments for a fighter who is arguably entering the height of his prime.

 

"I feel that my career is taking way," Guevara admitted. "I said four years ago in an interview that my career had barely started, but now I am [where I wanted to be]. I am going to prepare more and more because I want to be champion for [a long time].”

 

Historically and at present, Mexican fighters play a significant role in the divisional shaping actions from strawweight to flyweight. At this very moment, fighters such as Adrian Hernandez, Moises Fuentes, Javier Mendoza, Ganigan Lopez, and the aforementioned Garcia, all still figure in as possible national rivals for Guevara.

 

"[These] could be good [fights] because I want to prove that I have the potential to fight with some of these [excellent] fighters," Guevara stated. "Maybe these interesting and equitable fights can give more attention [to the lighter weight divisions].

 

Guevara is not just one of boxing’s practitioner’s, but one of its fans as well. Prior to Oswaldo Novoa’s challenge of Xiong Zhou Zhong, Guevara had surmised the underdog’s ability and boldly prognosticated the title would be changing hands. He was quite correct.

 

"I can say I am a fan of boxing all around the world," Guevara explained. "I like to see the exciting matches in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York City."

 

If the eager young champion can live up to his promise of working hard and remaining champion, he just might find himself defending his belt at a venue in one of these boxing Meccas. Big fights are around the corner and just like Inoue, Guevara has hopes of a very big 2015.

 

"I want to make many title defenses and win in unification [bouts] against any of the [other three] champions."

 

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