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Boxing | International

Robert Guerrero © Gallo Images

Ghost held on gun charges



Robert Guerrero, who is set to fight Floyd Mayweather in five weeks, has been arrested for trying to take an unloaded gun on an airplane.

A day after his 30th birthday, the southpaw nicknamed The Ghost was apprehended at John F Kennedy Airport in New York while trying to catch a flight to Las Vegas.

The New York Daily News and ESPN have reported that he faces gun possession charges.

Guerrero, who has a professional record of 31-1-1, including 18 knockouts, is scheduled to face fellow American Mayweather (43-0, with 26 knockouts) for Mayweather’s WBC welterweight title in Las Vegas on May 4.

Guerrero is a former IBF super-featherweight and featherweight champion. He beat Andre Berto by unanimous decision last November to keep an interim title.

After spending several days doing interviews to promote the upcoming pay-per-view fight, Guerrero was heading to Las Vegas when, according to reports, he tried to take an unloaded pistol on to a plane.

ESPN reported that while Guerrero has a permit to carry a gun in his home state, he did not have a licence to carry a gun in the state of New York.

UP TO SEVEN YEARS IN JAIL

"I hope Mr Guerrero fights better than he thinks," Queens district attorney Richard Brown told Sapa-AFP.

"You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon, loaded or unloaded, into this country or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges."

If convicted Guerrero could face up to seven years in jail.

Guerrero is said to have told a ticket agent at the airline counter during check-in that he had the weapon in a locked box. He also had three unloaded high-capacity bullet magazines with him.

He told police he also had the handgun with him when he travelled from Virginia to New York on Monday.

ESPN reported that while Guerrero has a permit to carry a gun in his home state, he did not have a license to carry a gun in the state of New York.

Guerrero appeared in court on Thursday and was released. His next court appearance is scheduled for after his fight against Mayweather.

"We are very pleased Robert Guerrero was released on his own recognisance in the wake of this incident and that he is on his way back to Las Vegas to continue training for his highly anticipated May 4 bout against Mayweather," said his spokesman, Mario Serrano.



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