LOS ANGELES, CA (August 27, 2011) – One week after a shoulder injury forced Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s to withdraw from his August 27 world title challenge against WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, it was recommended by Dr. Michael Dillingham that Guerrero have arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his left rotator cuff.
“After talking to Dr. Dillingham today, Robert will undergo an arthroscopic shoulder surgery procedure to take a closer look at the damage done to his rotator cuff,” said Guerrero’s manager Bob Santos. “Right now the MRI shows a slight tear, but Dillingham advised us that it would be in our best interest to scope the shoulder to check for other damage that an MRI can’t reveal. No definitive answer can be made as to when Robert Guerrero will return to the ring until after his surgery is completed next Tuesday. We are hoping he’ll be back in six months, God willing his surgery goes smoothly.”
Robert Guerrero went on to say, “I’m really disappointed that I had to pull out of the fight, but thankful that the steps are in motion to get healthy. This was a lingering injury I suffered playing football as a teenager that never got addressed. I know surgery is a dangerous procedure, but Dr. Dillingham is one of the best doctors in the country that specializes with this type of surgery. The good thing is my shoulder is going to get fixed and I’ll live to fight another day. Times like this I must stay faithful to my lord and savior Jesus Christ who strengthens me through adversity.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions commented, “We’re pleased that Robert’s injury isn’t career threatening, wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to the ring.”