Three-division champion Robert Guerrero retires from boxing

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After enduring a third consecutive defeat and fifth over his past seven fights, welterweight Robert Guerrero will hang up his boxing gloves. A former three-division champion, Guerrero announced on Monday he will retire after a professional career spanning 16 years.

The 34-year-old Gilroy, Calif., native was part of another Premier Boxing Champions main event on Saturday. But Omar Figueroa Jr. collected a third-round technical knockout victory over the veteran. Despite Guerrero having been on a run of losses lately, Saturday marked the only time in his career he was stopped.

Guerrero became a key main event presence once the PBC began in 2015, but it usually came as the B-side fighter. He lost to welterweight contenders Danny Garcia in February 2016 and Keith Thurman in March 2015 as part of PBC card headliners.

His most notable fight came against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013. Mayweather’s first fight as part of a six-bout Showtime deal came against Guerrero, who had beaten Andre Berto for the interim WBC welterweight belt. Viewed by most as another fight that allowed Mayweather to further distance himself from a then-prospective Manny Pacquiao bout the public demanded for years, the unbeaten champion defeated Guerrero via wide unanimous decision.

Guerrero, though, made his mark earlier as a lightweight and was early in his 147-pound days when he fought Mayweather.

The northern California native collected two interim lightweight straps before moving up two divisions to welterweight in 2011. Earlier in his career, Guerrero held the IBF world featherweight belt, defeating Eric Aiken for that strap in September 2006 at the Staples Center despite being just 23 at the time. He held onto that belt for two years before moving up in weight.

He finishes his career with a 33-6-1 record.

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