Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia improved his record to 32-0 (18KO) on route to capturing the WBC welterweight title in front of just over 12,000 fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Going into the contest some had expected Danny Garcia to blow Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero away, but the reality on the night was quite a bit different.
Guerrero put in a gutsy display, particularly during the early rounds where he put Garcia under pressure, landed some nice jabs and also developed marking under the right eye of Garcia.
However Garcia dug in deep and came on strong in the second half of the fight, as Guerrero started to fade.
The straight right hand proved to be a key weapon for Garcia as the second half of the bout progressed, where he controlled the action down the stretch for the most part, bar a late flurry from Guerrero in the final round, in what proved to be an entertaining fight.
The final scorecards on the night all read out 116-112 in favor of Garcia by the three judges scoring the bout, with CompuBox punch stat figures afterwards showing Garcia landed 163 punches from 496 thrown (33% connect rate), with Guerrero landing 108 from 436 thrown (25% connect rate).
Guerrero and his team were adamant they had won the bout afterwards. No doubt Guerrero’s stock rose though after this performance, with the 32 year old surely likely to find himself in another notable fight later this year as a result of his courageous display.
Danny Garcia moves on to a possible rematch showdown with Amir Khan who is now the mandatory contender for his WBC strap.
However, there’s also the option of a big unification fight with fellow division titlist Keith Thurman, which would no doubt please many a fight fan.
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