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January 23, 2016 Danny Garcia vs Robert Guerrero at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California for the vacant WBC World welterweight title
Robert Guerrero vs Danny Garcia Fight Results, Post-Fight Review
Danny Garcia (32-0) and Robert Guerrero(33-4-1) displayed an impressive boxing show to their fans in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Saturday night. In the event, Garcia emerged the new champion in the WBC welterweight category via unanimous-decision victory.
Garcia started the competition on a slow pace that saw Guerrero’s aggression and boxing prowess allow him to win the early rounds. Through movements and power punching technique, Garcia was able to counter his opponent’s aggression and he needed several rounds to figure out how to handle Guerrero. He still had a lot of time left to claim his first welterweight title
The tough opponent forced Garcia to fight while moving backwards. Finally, he proved that fighting in retreat wouldn’t help him much and had to change tactics or else disappoint his jovial fans. The sixth round worked in favor of Garcia and it was indeed the bout’s turning point.
Garcia launched his attack with ferocious left hooks and swift right hand jabs that dangerously landed on his opponent’s head. As usual, Guerrero was as tough as a buffalo in front of a pride of hungry lions. He absorbed the blows that would have floored most welterweights and kept coming forward.
In the coming rounds, every attempt Guerrero attempted to regain momentum, an excellent combination of vicious hooks and punches from Garcia would humiliate his efforts. By the eighth round what Guerrero was doing more was chasing and absorbing punches than targeting blows to Garcia.
The final round of the bout was quite impressive as the two fighters spent the last 30 seconds striking each other heavily as the fans stood and cheered. When the scorecards were read by the judges, it should have come as no surprise. Garcia was expected to win.
Even still, there was much booing as Garcia conducted his post-fight interview. Guerrero is a California native and this could be the reason for the fans’ reaction against Garcia. He fought with much determination, but the decision was the right one.
The victory puts Garcia in a good position for a great pay in his next fight. The title he won on Saturday night was vacated after the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Being one of the titleholders Garcia will now be targeted for high profile competitions.
In his next fight, Garcia might face the winner of the Keith Thurman against Shawn Porter bout which will take place on March 12. Thurman is the WBA world champion, and during Danny Garcia vs Robert Guerrero battle on Saturday night, he did color commentary.
Danny Garcia proved his potential during an endurance test and eventually emerged the winner.
Following 5 difficult rounds with motivated veteran Robert Guerrero, Danny Garcia discovered a way to overcome his rival with tough right-handed punches inside the 6th round.
And as the guy 5 years older handled the impact of that treatment, Garcia, who is 27, proceeded to outbox Robert Guerrero for the closing half of the World Boxing Council title fight, winning a unanimous judgment by 116-112 on all 3 judges’ scorecards.
Garcia (32-0, 18 knockouts) said that it was what he had expected and also added that he already knew he would win at least 8 or 9 rounds. He also asserted that Guerrero was a quite tough and formidable opponent.
The coveted belt at present belonging to the former light-welterweight world champ previously belonged to the already retired Floyd Mayweather Jr., who also attended the fight.
Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) depended on the remains of the perseverance which made him a previous
two-division world winner when he landed jabs to make Garcia pay for missing out on an outrageous right hand with a scoring flurry in the 4th round.
Garcia recovered from a sluggish start and controlled largely the later rounds in order to win the coveted world title in only his 2nd welterweight fight. The Philadelphia pugilist took charge using a dominating right hand, out-boxing and also hitting Guerrero prior to surviving a frenzied 12th round.
Guerrero had a superb start versus Garcia, but became much less mobile and less efficient later in his 3rd career loss in this title bout, following earlier failures against Mayweather as well as Keith Thurman. The previous multi-division champion’s profession has been dealt a severe blow with 3 losses in his last 5 combats, alongside a couple of debatable decision wins.
In early stages at Staples, Guerrero followed Garcia all around the ring and also landed big shots whilst Danny Garcia backpedaled. Garcia complained regarding head-butts, however, he slowly took charge of the fight, taking advantage of Guerrero’s absence of head movement as well as defense.
The fight turned right after Guerrero rocked Garcia using a straight left to his head in the 5th. Garcia
managed to recover and replied with a number of punishing right hands in the 6th.
Garcia applied control after that, but Guerrero sometimes replied just before they finished with an all-action twelfth round.
In spite of punch stats exhibiting Garcia landed 163 punches to 108 by his opponent, Guerrero hung on requesting for a rematch, reasoning and arguing that no one out there believed Danny won, except his team.