Round 10 offers a vintage example of the kind of never-say-die heart that makes boxing the beautiful sport it is.
For most of nine rounds on March 7, Robert Guerrero was on the receiving end of an old-fashioned beating at the hands of top 147-pound contender Keith Thurman at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
With Guerrero a bloody mess and the result all but inevitable ahead of Round 10, nobody would've blamed the four-division champion for throwing in the towel-or at the very least trying to hold on till the final bell.
Except that's not the mentality that has earned Guerrero the reputation as one of the game's great warriors.
“The Ghost” wasn't about to disappear when he came out of his corner for the 10th.
On the contrary, he was going to give Thurman every ounce of fight he had left.
That he did, tagging Thurman with some of his best and hardest punches of the night.
Thurman got in his fair share of blows as well, the two fighters exchanging several times during three no-holds-barred minutes that had fans on their feet.
Perhaps appreciating Guerrero's willingness to engage Thurman, two of the three judges awarded the 10th to “The Ghost.”
It wasn't nearly enough to swing the momentum, as Thurman won a unanimous decision going away, but it was enough to earn Guerrero a heightened level of respect.
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