February 18, 2010, - 6:08 pm

Now, THAT’s Love

By Debbie Schlussel

A few (very few) people commented that I’m not romantic, given my post about the realities of DREAD (Doghouse Risk Extra-Avoidance Day) a/k/a Valentine’s Day.  Not the case.  I just know what real love is.  And it ain’t an obligation day that forces men to buy cards, gifts, dinner, whatever to keep out of the doghouse with their wives and girlfriends, when they spend every single day struggling to make a living and support a family.


Robert Guerrero & Wife, Casey

And real love is this story.  Boxer Robert Guerrero knows that real love isn’t flowers or candy or perfume.  It’s sacrifice and doing the right thing for those to whom you are committed. And it’s refreshing to see a pro athlete like him versus the womanizing, sperm-donor babydaddy millionaires we usually see in professional sports.

Robert Guerrero announced Tuesday that he has vacated his junior lightweight world title in order to care for his ill wife, Casey, who is hospitalized and battling leukemia.

“It is with great regret that I am relinquishing the junior lightweight championship of the world that I, along with my team, worked so hard to capture,” Guerrero said in a statement. “I feel that it is in the best interest of the sport and the fans that I care so deeply for to give someone else a chance to fulfill their dream of becoming a world champion. I am now focused on the love of my life, my wife Casey, as undoubtedly we face the greatest opponent of our life, cancer.

“Whatever the outcome, our faith in Jesus Christ will get us through. Thank you for the prayers and support. God bless.”

Casey Guerrero, 26, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007, recently had a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. She has been at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., for about three weeks. The family expects to know within the next two to three weeks if the treatment was a success.

Guerrero, who has two small children with Casey, had been scheduled to move up to lightweight to face interim titleholder Michael Katsidis on March 27 in an HBO main event. However, Guerrero withdrew from the fight on Feb. 8 because of Casey’s illness. . . .

Guerrero (25-1-1, 17 KOs), of Gilroy, Calif., vacated his featherweight belt in 2008 and moved up to junior lightweight last year. He easily outpointed South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen in August to claim a world title.

Now, Guerrero has vacated a title for a second time, although under far different circumstances.

Now, that is a real love story. Say a prayer for Casey Guerrero.

Many husbands don’t have the luxury of quitting their jobs or taking extensive time off of work to attend to their seriously ill wives.  They wish they could, but they have a family to support.  But that this boxer is willing to vacate his title to be with his wife is definitely a sign of commitment and true love that you can’t put in a Hallmark card.

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17 Responses

Now there’s a real man. Good for him!

Michelle on February 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Believe it or not, there are a few real men left in America.

White Rook on February 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Real men and their loving wives ROCK!

Skunky on February 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

You don’t hear about those guys for the same reason that no one writes about airplanes that don’t crash and convenience stores that don’t get robbed.

The Terrorist's Advocate on February 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm

If I may say that is honest to goodness AMOR!

Bob Porrazzo on February 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Well because of the psychonuts controling our society, a guy like him would be considered ‘irrelevant’ and not their version of a male.

“It’s sacrifice and doing the right thing for those to whom you are committed.”

Sadly, very few young guys like me who are still looking for a girl uphold all that these days. Most girls don’t want a guy who sacrifices and does the right thing for those to whon they are committed. Instead, the psychonut standard for a girl is how big his **** is.

Squirrel3D on February 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I am familiar with and a big fan of Robert Guerrero, as he frequently fights in the Central Valley of California. Congratulations on him being a champion, and kudos to him for doing what is right and standing by his wife Casey in her time of need. He will always be a champion in my mind, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Guerreros.

Jon on February 19, 2010 at 2:03 am

Nice !! I guess not all Americans know “the price of everything, but the value of nothing”…

RoadsScholar on February 19, 2010 at 8:01 am

There are great men out there. Chris Spielman, of The Ohio State University and the Detroit Lions, gave up his career to care for his wife, Stefanie, dying of cancer. She passed away late last year and Speilman was there at the end. A true love story, as well.

JeffT on February 19, 2010 at 8:37 am

What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for posting this Debbie, you sweetheart.

“A few (very few) people commented that I’m not romantic,…”

Any real man who has read your site knows better.

Jeff_W on February 19, 2010 at 9:09 am

Do I dare compare this man to Todd Palin, a man who gave up his job to support his wife, out of love?

DS: Sarah Palin is dying of cancer? Newsflash: Todd Palin gave up his job for the “life-saving” purpose of changing diapers, playing wifey, and being Mr. Mom, while his selfish husband, Sarah, abandoned the family to pursue her selfish ambitions. That’s not love. That’s feminism and surrendering his man card. That you think the two stories are even in the same galaxy tells me a good deal of this site is severely lost on you. DS

D. Showalter on February 19, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Hehehe…. DS talking to DS,funny.

    Juan on February 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm

My husband gave me nothing for Valentine’s Day and I didn’t mind a bit. This is a very busy time of year for him (80-90 hours per week at work) and for the past two months I have been struggling with major morning sickness…and afternoon sickness…and evening sickness. He doesn’t complain about the piles of laundry and dishes, he does them on his rare nights at home. This is the fifth time he’s we’ve gone through this, and he hasn’t complained at all.

It hasn’t taken a tragedy for me to see him as my hero.

LifeInaShoe on February 19, 2010 at 9:56 am

Real women are the best Debbie! Keep up the great work!

akak on February 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm

That is really nice to read about Debbie — thank you for sharing it with us.

MOMinMINNESOTA on February 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm

In my eyes, this man now has a 26-1-1 record, plus a ringside seat at judgement day. All my best to Robert and Casey!

Graty Slapchop on February 19, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Is this the mosquito size division? I don t like those children like size men fighting,I think they look funny.

Anyhoo,in my opinion, true love is demonstrated by stepping aside and let the loved one pursue his/her passion,if it was me falling ill I d divorce my wife and let her go pursue her passion and if she fell ill I d expect her to do the same bc I d hate to be a burden,that s love,and if she stayed after I fell ill I d make her life a living h*ll until she left,to me true love is setting those you love free,that s true love…none of this thru sickness and such.

Juan on February 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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