Robert Guerrero got off to a great start but once Danny Garcia figured him out, he took over and took charge.
SAN DIEGO, January 23, 2016 – Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) remained unbeaten, winning the vacant WBC welterweight title recently vacated by Floyd Mayweather in a unanimous decision over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs). All three judges had identical scores of 116-112; they only disagreed on the fifth and tenth rounds.
It was a solid outing for Garcia. Guerrero came out with serious determination, burning through Garcia in the first few rounds. The partisan crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles was squarely behind Guerrero. He worked nicely to the body and scored with left hooks and the occasional upper cut. It looked promising for the Mexican-American warrior.
But by the fifth round, Garcia figured out whatever it was he needed to know. He found the right range and systematically started landing punches to Guerrero more effectively, while avoiding what Guerrero had dished out earlier in the fight. Garcia showed good power, though he never put Guerrero into any serious trouble.
Robert Guerrero is never in a bad fight from a fan’s point of view and while he seemed to let the fight slip through his fingers after his strong opening effort, he mustered what he could to give himself a chance later in the fight. Guerrero came closer to a victory than he has in several bouts.
In the final round, Guerrero and Garcia threw caution to the wind and it was bombs away for the final 90 seconds. The crowd roared, it was the fight they had hoped to see throughout. They still had a shred of faith their favorite Guerrero could pull it out. It was so loud, referee Jack Reiss could not hear the final bell, and only realized the bout was over when both trainers and corner men rushed into the ring.
Danny Garcia said the fight was what he expected. “I knew I would win at least eight or nine rounds …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,” said Garcia. “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.”
As for Guerrero, he was convinced he won the fight. “Not one person out there thought Danny won, but his team,” said Guerrero. “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.”
Punchstats show Danny Garcia landed 33 percent of his punches overall (163 of 496) to Guerrero’s 25 percent overall (108 of 436). Garcia landed 156 of 342 power punches (45.6 percent) to Guerrero’s 87 of 320 power punches (27.2 percent). Garcia landed more total punches and power shots than Guerrero in the majority of rounds.
At the post-fight news conference, Garcia said he felt he clearly won the fight with no controversy and showed more athleticism and versatility. Garcia and his father/trainer Angel said they had no interest in a rematch.
Guerrero said he still has confidence in himself, and it he doesn’t get a rematch, “line ‘em up … I want to fight the best. When it’s all said and done, you want to know you fought the best, you want to leave that legacy that you didn’t duck anyone.” Guerrero’s father/trainer Ruben asked the news media, “You want to see a rematch?” Many cheered, and he said, “There it is, baby.”
“It’s all for the fans,” said Robert Guerrero. “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.”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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