Sunday, September 03, 2006

Aiken Loses IBF Title in Los Angeles!

Forestville, MD featherweight Eric "Mighty Mouse" Aiken was stopped in the eighth round and lost his IBF Featherweight title to Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Guerrero took the fight directly to Aiken from the opening bell and never let up. By the fourth round, Guerrero was in complete control. At the end of the eighth round, Aiken went back to his corner and told his trainer, Adrian Davis, he did not want to continue. Davis told referee Tony Crebs that Aiken had a broken right hand.

Guerrero is the real deal and deserved the victory over Aiken. He fought an outstanding bout. Aiken tried to fight inside, but Guerrero seemed to overpower him at times during the bout.

Aiken's record now falls to 16-5 with 12 knockouts. It is the first time Aiken has been stopped in a bout.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

that was a tough fight for eric since he quiet just like lamont bay pearson were do they go from hear just like deigo said you suppose to go out on your shield what do your think about that

Anonymous said...

I hear Diego, but going out on your shield sometimes can cause you to be hurt for life.. Eric was not going to win that fight and to stay in there as long as he did, was enough of going out on his shield. I heard from a reliable source that Eric was never supposed to be a champion and they matched him hard the first time out to get him off their books. Even though Robert was number 11 in the world, that was a tough first defense for anyone.

With that said, Robert will not beat the upper echleon of the featherweight division.

skinnyscott said...

I was very impressed with Guerrero, and always have been. that said, Mouse did not get off first the entire fight. His tactics were not working from the start. The sign of a great fighter ( and corner, don't forget) is the ability to change tactics during a fight. For whatever reason, It simply did not happen. Mouse made it an easy fight and I believe that he is a better fighter than he showed last night. true, I am a fan and a friend of Eric aiken but I really believe that the occasion got the best of him and that he will be back. One more thing, those body shots were really hurting Mouse. that said, his corner should have at least complained to the ref about the low blows.

Anonymous said...

Mouse fought well from the outside, but How many low blows were there, and why didnt he get any time to take after the ref egnaliged that they were low blows. Then what about the head butts. I know the head butts werent intentional, that happens when a southpaw and convemtional fighter take it inside. Guerro is a very tough kid.

Bull

Anonymous said...

Mouse's corner was patehtic. No advice, no nothing on how to best deal with the Ghost during the fight and then Davis began asking him if he wanted to quit after the sixth. What does that do to a fighter mid-fight when the trainer keeps asking "do you want to quit?". Pathetic all the way around.
and Mouse did not need to fight that guy. He could have had an optional defense, done it in DC, maybe for less money, but hey, he would still be champ

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Anonymous said...

Guerrero was indeed pretty impressive, and is truly a helluva nice and likeable kid outside the ring. That being said, I have to whole heartedly agree with SkinnySteve and the last poster. The corner should have been at least a little vocal with the ref (WHAT was the DEAL with him???) And even though Aiken has a quality corner, I've gotta tell ya'...From what I heard that night, much like Aiken himself, they perhaps just 'off'. And I'm glad I wasn't the only one that noticed the repeated "do you want to quit" bit. It was OBVIOUS by Aiken's vacant look and half-hearted response that yes - he DID want to quit. It was a bit awkward and painful to watch. Sorry, but if you are going to ask a fighter THAT many times if he wants to quit, get no real response and dispense no real advice, THROW IN THE TOWEL.

Anonymous said...

Also...

I can respect what Corralles said at the conclusion, and understand it was probably fueled by passion, but I thought the comment was a bit ill-advised, and came across as just a bit of a 'cheap-shot'.

Anonymous said...

get it right aiken wasnt stopped he quit

Anonymous said...

eric quit and his corner was terrible if a man keep hitting you low hit him back low i new it was a matter of time he wasn't a real champ he was in the right place at the right time he should have tried to what alot of champs do get a easy win first an then quit

Gary Digital Williams said...

The only other option that was offered to Eric was to defend his title against the man he took the title against, Valdemir Pereira, in Brazil, Pereira's home country.

Aiken told us right here on the blog that the money and the political situation were not right for him.

Yes, he could have had an optional defense against someone else in DC, but it would have been for a LOT less money.

More than likely, Aiken would have had to give up a good portion of his purse for the bout to take place. That would be a similar situation to when Mark Johnson brought the bout against Arthur Johnson here to the DC Armory a few years ago. Mark had to give up more than $30,000 for the bout to take place here. And that's for someone who at that time was in everyone's Top 10 pound-for-pound. What do you think they would have told Aiken, a relatively unproven commodity?

Aiken walked into the Staples Center with the deck stacked against him. The situation was made worse by Guerrero putting on a great performance.

I'm not sure if any complaining about the low blows would have helped Aiken in that bout.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's absolutely true Gary. But I still would have went a bit 'ballistic' over those low blows.

Peace...

SimplyWalt said...

i know i am late, but did anybody see eric train for this fight??? he looked ill prepared to me. when he stood on the outside he was very effective. i am just wondering why he stayed on the inside.

the ghost is not that impressive to me, a good boxer nwill pick him apart.

also, i have just returned to the area, randallstown, md and am looking for sparring. i am a crusierweight. it would have to be in the evening.. anyone with info please reply on this blog..

thanks

Anonymous said...

...A cruiserweight??? Cool. (I'm a big fan/supporter of the division. Yes, it can get a bit lonely as such, but I believe that the cruisers are the "lt.hvy's of yesteryear", and perhaps the only TRULY needed addition to the "original eight" divisions. I also ardently campaigned for the 190 to 200 weight increase as far back as the 90's, but am COMPLETELY against any "super cruiserweight" or "super heavyweight" division. Anyways, best of luck, and keep between 176-200!)

* Oh...I live on the West Coast, and well into my 30's, and only had a few Am. fights. I wasn't a C or D-level boxer I fear, but a Y-level one. As in - "One notch above Z, and...Y-the-f*ck is he in the ring???" (LOL)

Peace...

Anonymous said...

eric trains in ohio for each fight with Greg Paige an there were his poeple is from