Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero Preview

By Thad Moore on January 20, 2016
Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero Preview
Garcia is five years younger and has fought more than 70 fewer rounds than Guerrero.

This is the first time FOX has broadcast a bout in primetime since Mike Tyson knocked out Buster Mathis Jr. in 1995…

Most boxing observers expect for Danny Garcia to win in comfortable fashion over Robert Guerrero when they meet for the vacant WBC welterweight title. After all, Guerrero has lost two of his last four fights and eked out a 10-round split decision win in his previous bout against the underwhelming Aron Martinez. In fact, Garcia is a huge betting favorite to emerge victorious.

The bout will be broadcast on the FOX network from Los Angeles, California, at the Staples Center on January 23rd as part of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions series. This is the first time FOX has broadcast a bout in primetime since Mike Tyson knocked out Buster Mathis Jr. in 1995.

Garcia, who is on the list of famous fighters to come from the boxing mecca of Philadelphia, is the undefeated former WBA and WBC super lightweight champion. He successfully defended the title five times after winning the vacant WBC title in a win over Erik Morales. Among Garcia’s career highlights include a fourth-round TKO victory over Amir Khan, two wins over Erik Morales, and a win over a faded Zab Judah.

Garcia, 31-0 with 18 KOs, who has predicted that he will end the fight in the fifth round, has been no stranger to controversy. Garcia won a disputed 12-round majority decision against Mauricio Herrera in his final defense of his WBA and WBC super lightweight tiles. In 2015, he won a very close 12-round majority decision over Lamont Peterson while fighting at a 143-pound catchweight. His most recent bout was an easy TKO win in the ninth round against Paulie Malignaggi in his welterweight debut. The win over Malignaggi was the second stoppage for Garcia in his last six fights.

The southpaw Guerrero, 33-3-1 with 18 KOs, has achieved quite a bit of success during his career which has spanned across four weight divisions. Guerrero’s first title was at featherweight in capturing the IBF belt in 2006. He moved up to super featherweight in 2009 and defeated Malcom Klassen via 12-round unanimous decision to claim the IBF belt. Guerrero then moved up to lightweight in 2010 and 2011. Perhaps the best win of Guerrero’s career came against undefeated Andre Berto in 2012. He was in complete control of the fight and won by lopsided unanimous decision.

A California native, Guerrero won 15 straight fights heading into his challenge of all-time great and WBC welterweight titlist Floyd Mayweather Jr. Guerrero lost by unanimous decision with the fight never being in doubt. After a decision win, Guerrero lost another title shot against Keith Thurman. Thurman pitched a near shutout (after almost stopping Guerrero in the ninth round) in easily winning a decision.

Leading into the Garcia fight, Guerrero said he feels better than ever.

“It’s been a long, hard training camp, but everything is going as planned. My body feels great and I’m ready to go. I was doing a lot of CrossFit training before I started camp. Since then, I’ve been doing nothing but boxing training.” Guerrero continued, “Sparring has been great and I think that is the difference going into this fight. I had great sparring that’s really helped me get my timing down.”

Garcia, 27, stated that he is very focused and recognizes what’s on the line this Saturday night. “I focus on me getting better mentally and physically for the challenge I have ahead. I feel like we’ve had a tremendous camp. We were working on a lot of things we haven’t worked on before. We’ve focused on movement, a lot of skills. I train hard every day. I’m not really worried about my opponent. When we’re in training camp, we’re worried about us getting better.”

Last week, this fight was promoted to a fight for the vacant WBC welterweight title. It was originally billed as a non-title fight. Many have questioned whether Guerrero deserves this title shot.

“My mindset is always to go in there and give the fans a great fight,” said Guerrero. “But fighting for the WBC title makes it that much more special. Winning that green belt and being part of the Sulaiman family again is something very special. This will be a very big night for me and my family.”

The Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry is very much in play with this fight. Garcia, a fighter of Puerto Rican descent and Guerrero, who is Mexican-American, have the opportunity to continue the tradition. This rivalry has produced such entertaining bouts over the years as Salvador Sanchez-Wilfredo Gomez, Felix Trinidad-Fernando Vargas, and Julio Cesar Chavez-Edwin Rosario. We recently saw the tradition continue with an action-packed battle between Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.

“It’s a rivalry that’s been going on for many years and something I take seriously being a prideful Mexican-American. It’s also the best rivalry in boxing history so I’m expecting a lot of Mexican fans to be present on fight night. It’s going to be electrifying in the Staples Center and I can’t wait for the bell to ring.”

Garcia has a different approach to one of boxing’s most talked about rivalries. “I’m a Latino. I represent all Latinos. I don’t differentiate between Puerto Rican-American and Mexican-American. I’m not looking at this as a rivalry. I just have to go out and get the job done. Guerrero comes to fight. We’re going to see the best of Danny Garcia.”

Guerrero, 32, talked about Garcia’s confidence in predicting an early TKO-win. “He’s very confident going into this fight which was what I expected. He’s never lost so he has that aura of invincibility. My motivation is to give him his first loss and capture another world title.”

Guerrero’s southpaw stance and longer reach have given fighters trouble. He has shown versatility in boxing from the outside and also coming forward. At times, we’ve seen him trade toe-to-toe in the center of the ring as he doesn’t shy away from exchanges. Guerrero has been involved in some entertaining fights over the years. The problem with Guerrero is that he has not looked very good in the ring since he dominated Andre Berto in 2012. The wear and tear of fighting in four different weight divisions while absorbing punishment has taken a toll. It appears as though Guerrero has become a shopworn version of his former self.

Garcia and Guerrero have both fought against current and former world champions in their careers. Danny Garcia is five years younger and has fought more than 70 fewer rounds than Guerrero. The prediction is that Garcia will have the opportunity to showcase his skills in this fight. Garcia can fight utilizing different styles and is currently in his prime in the ring. Expect Garcia to control the action and pace of the fight and emerge victorious by unanimous decision to win the WBC welterweight championship.

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  1. luvbrothel 10:16am, 01/21/2016

    Guerrero just has to stay busy.  It was like he was sleep walking through the first 10 rounds with Thurman until he woke up and started pelting him (Thurman IS overrated).  Fight Garcia the way you used to fight, dude.  Herrera boxed his ears off.  No reason you can’t do the same.

  2. Aztec Warrior 10:55pm, 01/20/2016

    The father’s/trainers of Danny and Robert… Ángel Garcia vs. Ruben Guerrero in a scheduled 10 rounder.  Now I’d pay to see that!

  3. Carlos Torres 07:52pm, 01/20/2016

    I have to admit that I was very impressed with Garcia`s win over Matthysse, but I also have to add that Peterson wiped the floor with Garcia.

  4. raxman 05:39pm, 01/20/2016

    Thad - when listing Garcia’s ring achievements you left out his best win - the one over Matthysse.

    Guerrero has been his own worst enemy. In the lighter weight classes he dominated with outside boxing. Since Berto he has foolishly made him self fight as a brawler, a style that just doesn’t play to his strengths - not to mention the hitting with the left hand whilst holding behind the head with the right hand is an ugly form of cheating

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:16pm, 01/20/2016

    Thad Moore-Excellent write up and analysis especially on Guerrero since Berto, I don’t know if “shopworn” is the right word, but he didn’t look right against Kamegai and that’s for sure. Some minor points though….many believe the decisions over Herrera and Peterson should have gone the other way and are really question marks as to just where Danny is at this point in his career and Aron Martinez was anything but “underwhelming” in his win over Devon Alexander. Danny may think he represents all Latinos but most in the seats at Staples will be rooting for the one from Gilroy, California and you can bank on that.

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