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Guerrero scraps title fight to undergo rotator cuff surgery

LOS ANGELES -- U.S. southpaw Robert Guerrero said Saturday he will undergo surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff and will be sidelined for an indefinite period, likely to be at least six months.

Guerrero, a former featherweight and super featherweight world champion who is 29-1-1 with 18 knockouts, had been set to fight World Boxing Association super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana, 30-2 with 27 knockouts, on Saturday.

But Guerrero withdrew last week from his challenge against the Argentine world champion because of the injury and instead was advised to have surgery after a small tear in his rotator cuff was revealed in an MRI exam.

“I'm really disappointed that I had to pull out of the fight, but thankful that the steps are in motion to get healthy,” Guerrero said. “The good thing is my shoulder is going to get fixed and I'll live to fight another day.”

Guerrero said the injury stems from an American football injury suffered as a teen.

“Robert will undergo an arthroscopic shoulder surgery procedure to take a closer look at the damage done to his rotator cuff,” said Bob Santos, who manages Guerrero.

“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 will be back in six months.”

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