Garcia outpoints Guerrero to win title
Danny Garcia earned the vacant WBC welterweight via 12 round unanimous decision in front of more than 12,000 fans at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles with a dominant performance over Robert Guerrero.
The star studded audience for the FOX debut of Premier Boxing Champions that featured Floyd Mayweather, Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle watched on as Guerrero gave a good show of himself early by counter-punching the Philadelphia native in Garcia.
However, Garcia, (32-0, 18KO) weathered Guerrero’s early moments and was able to land the more meaningful punches down the stretch en route to a mostly one sided performance from the 5th round in a fight that had its pockets of action but did not provide any knockdowns.
“It was what I expected. I knew I would win at least eight or nine rounds. I knew there would be some headbutts in there..I was throwing my combinations, using my legs like my dad told me to do. I knew he was going to come to fight. He’s a rugged warrior. I’m back where I belong. I am now a two-division world champion. I’m excited. Guerrero is tough. No one has ever stopped him. He came to fight, he was in shape. I’m taking nothing away from him. I’m so happy. I am glad it went the way it went. I just want to take some time off, let my body heal and take one day at a time.”
Guerrero, (33-3-1 18KO) was displeased with the decision and even told reporters after that Mayweather told him immediately after the fight that the undefeated retired boxer and former pounds for pound king saw the fight in Guerrero’s favor.
“I want a rematch and that’s it.
“Not one person out there thought Danny won, but his team… I pressured him, I nailed him, busted his body up. I out-jabbed him.
“I thought I won the fight. The crowd thought I won the fight. It was a great fight. I am happy I’m healthy. I will be back. I thought I won the fight and I definitely want a rematch.
“It’s all for the fans. That’s why they bring me back. They love it and they enjoy it. They were entertained tonight. They thought I won the fight, but that’s the way the ball went.”
In the nights’ opening bout, Dominic Breazaele was downed in the 3rd round but recovered well before the round ended in his match against Amir Mansour.
Breazaele later stopped Mansour for a mild upset as some pundits had Mansour winning the fight during fight week predictions.
Mansour quit on his stool in what was later said to be a serious jaw injury.
Sammy Vasquez was able to stop his opponent Aron Martinez in the same fashion as midway through the fight, citing an arm injury in the same red corner that Mansour had retired in.
About Raymundo Dioses
A life-long fan with a former boxer's namesake. Professional boxing writer on the beat since 2007.
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