Danny Garcia To Fight Robert Guerrero In PBC On Fox Premier January 23rd

November 24, 2015

-OpeningRound Staff

Per a press release that was just sent out today, in addition to Premier Boxing Champions’s Tuesday night boxing series on FS1 and FOX Deportes, FOX will make its PBC debut on Saturday January 23rd on primetime, at 8 PM ET. It will be a two-hour show headlined by by former unified 140 lb champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) against former Floyd Mayweather foe and former three-\ division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs). It will take place in LA at the STAPLES Center and will also air in Spanish on FOX Deportes. This fight card will be the first of three PBC cards scheduled to appear on FOX in primetime during 2016.

“We’re thrilled to present the first professional boxing on FOX in almost 20 years with Premier Boxing Champions’ exciting primetime Saturday shows,” said David Nathanson, FOX Sports’ Head of Business Operations in the press release. “With the success of the PBC’s Tuesday night boxing series on FS1 and FOX Deportes, we knew boxing would make a great addition to FOX alongside the FOX Sports portfolio that includes the world’s premier sports properties.”

Veteran boxing announcer Brian Kenny will host the inaugural edition of PBC on FOX with Gus Johnson as the blow by blow commentator. Former featherweight world champion and 2000 Mexican Olympian Daniel Ponce de Leon will call the action on FOX Deportes with blow-by-blow announcers Jessi Losada and Ricardo Celis.

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Both Garcia and Guerrero have fought at the Staples Center before, however, this is the first time they will be headling a main event there.

Danny Garcia has had major victories over some of the best 140 lbers in the world, including Kendall Holt, Zab Judah, Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Lucas Matthysse and Lamont Peterson. He last fought at Staples Center in 2011 when he defeated Holt by decision. The victory over Holt is what truly kickstarted Garcia’s rise to the top, because the very next fight, he won his first world title over the legendary Mexican brawler Erik Morales. Garcia recently vacated his 140 lb belts in order to move up to the packed 147 lb welterweight division, and defeated crafty veteran Paulie Malignaggi in his welterweight debut over the summer on ESPN. His fight with Malignaggi delivered highest boxing ratings on ESPN in years.

“I’m excited to be fighting in Primetime on FOX and to get back in the ring in such a big way,” said Garcia in the press release. “I know people are going to say this is a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico matchup, but I fight for all Latinos and I have the fan-friendly style to back it up. Guerrero comes to fight and he’s faced the best in the sport. This is a huge opportunity for me to show why I’m a star there’s no better place to do that than in Los Angeles, where stars are born.”

32 year old Robert Guerrero is the more experienced of the two, and has been in two PBC wars this year, winning a controversial decision against Aron Martinez in June, and losing to one of the most hyped young welterweights in Keith Thurman in the inaugural PBC fight card in March. Most known for losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2013, Guerrero is one of the most exciting fighters out there and has been in several “Fight of the Year” candidates, defeating fighters such as Andre Berto, Secluk Aydin and Michael Katsidis winning world titles in three divisions in the process.

“If there ever was a fight that defined the word ‘war’, it’s this fight,” said Guerrero in the press release. “What a great way to kick-off the return of primetime boxing on FOX. I guarantee this is going to be a historic fight. A Mexican-American vs. a Puerto Rican-American, it’s a bitter rivalry. Danny Garcia is a great champion and I know we’re going to put on a tremendous show. January 23, it’s going to be fireworks…and I can’t wait!”

TGB Promotions will promote the fight, and tickets for the event will be priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25. They go on sale today at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 or at the Staples Center box office.

“Garcia and Guerrero are two of the toughest guys in the sport today,” said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions per the press release. “They leave it all in the ring every time out and they’re going to give the great Los Angeles sports fans a memorable night of action. There’s no better way to start off the New Year and no more-suited venue for it than STAPLES Center.”

“We are incredibly excited to have Premier Boxing Champions back at Staples Center with a huge event featuring these two great warriors on January 23,” said Lee Zeidman, President, Staples Center per the press release. “Los Angeles boxing fans are in for an amazing night of fights with a main event that will undoubtedly be action-packed.”

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