Danny Garcia Decisions Robert Guerrero- Wins Mayweather's Vacant 147 Lb Title

January 24, 2016

-OpeningRound Staff

In a battle for Floyd Mayweather’s vacant WBC welterweight championship, Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia remained undefeated and outlasted grizzled veteran and former 3 division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero via unanimous decision over 12 rounds. All judges scored it 116-112 in favor of Garcia. It was the debut of Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was Fox’s first primetime boxing card in over 20 years.

Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) had a very slow start to the fight, as Guerrero’s experience showed, and had a more aggressive and awkward/hard to figure out style for Garcia. However, once Garcia figured him out, it was game over. Swift landed his notoriously brutal left hook at will, brawled on the inside when he had to, and had superior hand speed and movement. Garcia nearly swept the second half of the fight on all the judges’ scorecards.

 

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Guerrero, who dropped to 33-4-1, 18 KOs, let it all hang out in the 12th and final round, however, thrilling fans and viewers of the fight. Guerrero went all out, and nearly pulled off a come from behind victory, going toe-to-toe with Garcia and slugging it out for the final few seconds. However it was too little too late.

“I knew Guerrero is a warrior,” said Garcia after the win. “I knew he would come to fight. I thought I won the fight clearly and the judges thought the same thing. I’m a two-division champion.”

I want to fight the best,” he barked. “Whatever my team wants, I want the best. Tonight I showed that I could fight a tough veteran, stand toe-to-toe and win the fight.”

With the win, Garcia solidified his place as one of the best in the world today, and won his second world title in his second weight class. Garcia previously was the unified 140 lb champion, and with the victory, has many many lucrative options.

With Guerrero’s loss, it is devastating for his career, as he is now at a crossroads. This is the 2nd young welterweight champion he has been defeated by in the last 365 days, as WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman beat him in a thriller last March. He also nearly lost to journeyman Arron Martinez over the summer. Guerrero really needs to question whether or not he is more than a gatekeeper and stepping stone at this point in his career.

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