There were no fights in the Sharks-Kings game February 21, but there was one fighter in the crowd.
San Jose hosted Los Angeles in the NHL’s lone outdoor Stadium Series tilt of 2015, at the home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium. It’s just a short hop up Route 101 for Gilroy, California, native Robert Guerrero, who’s training in his hometown for his March 7 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against Keith Thurman on the debut card of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC.
Guerrero tweeted he was “pumped to watch my @SanJoseSharks put a beating on @LAKings” along with more than 70,000 other fans at the game, but the Sharks couldn’t solve Kings goalie Jonathan Quick as L.A. temporarily pushed San Jose out of the playoff picture with a 2-1 win.
Guerrero told the San Jose Mercury News that there’s a bit of a link between the sweet science and puck jockeys. “A lot of those players take up boxing to be ready when they're on ice. I really respect what they do. I've been ice skating in San Jose with my kids and it's tough just to stay balanced."
Then again, the Sharks fan may have been at the stadium with an eye on something more than just the on-ice action.
"Levi's Stadium . . . it would be great to have the first boxing match there," he said.
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