Garcia-Herrera Preview

By Daniel Attias on March 10, 2014
Garcia-Herrera Preview
Garcia’s opponent, 33-year-old Mauricio Herrera, could be considered a big step down.


Danny “Swift” Garcia came of age last year. His win over the power-punching Argentine Lucas Matthysse in September was enough to silence the critics. The pre-fight talk was pure vitriol from many fans toward the young Garcia. He was scared of Matthysse’s power, they said, he hadn’t faced a prime opponent, he was merely a paper champion. But his impressive performance in the fight saw the critics disappear into anonymity, only to be replaced with a newfound admiration from fight fans.

This weekend sees the return of Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) to the prize ring. The Philadelphia native of Puerto Rican descent is scheduled to defend his WBA/WBC light welterweight titles against Mauricio Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) on March 15th at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

The location of the fight is something that Garcia is more than excited about. In an interview with ringtv.craveonline.com, Garcia explained why he wanted the fight to be in Puerto Rico.

“I’m Puerto Rican, my mum and dad were born in Puerto Rico and I think it’s very important for me to go back to Puerto Rico and just solidify, let them know that I do represent them and to go out there with my trunks with the Puerto Rican flag on them and all that stuff, so I’m going to go out there and do it.”

The fight is seen as a way to showcase Garcia’s skills to the country of his heritage and in turn boost the young fighter’s profile in a country with a proud boxing history. The risk in such a move is that Garcia may drift from his game plan in order to try and win over the Puerto Rican fans.

Garcia’s opponent, 33-year-old Mauricio Herrera, could be considered a big step down for the 25-year-old champ, who has fought opponents who have previously all held various world titles in his last six bouts, but Herrera is more than just a keep busy fight for Garcia.

Herrera is a rangy 140-pounder, with a good jab and decent footwork, and whilst he is far from favored to win the bout his physical advantages should serve to ignite interest in the fight. He has a victory over Ruslan Provodnikov but seems to have stalled in recent bouts with losses to Mike Alvarado and undefeated Karim Mayfield before winning his two most recent bouts and earning a shot at Garcia’s titles. He has a good work rate, throwing his punches in combination and has a decent chin.

Whilst Herrera holds some physical advantages over Garcia, the unified titlist is known to be one of the smartest and most adaptable fighters in the game today. Many expect Danny will be able to overcome the reach and height differences and continue on his path towards being the next big thing in boxing.

Garcia’s mix of power and skills has seen him overcome all his opponents to date, despite often being the underdog. He has the ability to figure out and outsmart his opponents and will need to be on his game to avoid Herrera’s left jab.

Look for Herrera to try and keep his distance early on with his long jab. Garcia should go downstairs and work the body, which he does so well. It’s hard to see Garcia failing to figure out a way to beat Herrera and his left hook is sure to feature prominently in the fight.

The co-main event is an intriguing match-up between heavyweight contenders Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) and Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round WBC final eliminator. In the third televised fight, former WBO super bantamweight and featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) and former WBO super bantamweight and WBC featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (45-5, 35 KOs) will face off in a rematch of their 2008 fight which Lopez won via a first round knockout.

Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera will be broadcast live Saturday night on Showtime starting at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.

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