ince its brief heyday, when fighters like Christy Martin and Laila Ali captivated national audiences, women's boxing has largely been absent from the spotlight -- few appearances on major cards, and almost nonexistent on television. Yet, on the day when amateur middleweight boxer Claressa Shields made history as the first American boxer (male or female) to win gold medals in back-to-back Olympics, professional fighters Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent also made history as the first women to be featured on Premier Boxing Champions' first nationally televised female undercard. Vincent, an openly gay fighter from New London, Connecticut, is an in-your-face brawler who dons short, tricolored hair and has her upper body covered in tattoos.
Gilroy's Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero has his eyes on another title shot, but he isn't taking anything for granted when he faces Argentina's David Emanuel Peralta in their main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Saturday night. "I am expecting a tough fight for sure," Guerrero said Thursday as the boxers held their final news conference in advance of their welterweight bout at Honda Center in Anaheim. "This is like a world title shot for him," Guerrero said. "I don't know what he is going to bring to the table and that is exciting for me." Television coverage begins at 6 p.m. on Spike. Guerrero, a former multiple division world champion, is returning to the ring for the first time since a unanimous