In a fight for the WBC welterweight title (for some reason…) Danny Garcia put on a solid performance of counter-punching and outboxed veteran Robert Guerrero over 12 rounds to win a unanimous decision.
Garcia, the favorite, started the fight on his toes with Guerrero chasing him. Guerrero (33-4-1, 18KO) did well at times by keeping busy and landing solid right hooks and straight lefts to the head and body of Garcia (32-0, 18KO), but even at the early stages Garcia was able to land flush left hooks on Guerrero at will.
Guerrero managed to win the early rounds by being busier than Garcia, but by rounds 5 and 6 Garcia started to make Guerrero miss and mix up his attack with looping right hands to go along with his left hook. Although Garcia never picked up the pace in terms of punch output, his harder shots and ability to make Guerrero miss helped him pile up points and take the lead in the second half of the fight.
The two fighters settled down in the final round and engaged in furious exchanges, to the delight of the crowd.
Garcia won the fight by scores of 116-112 across the board. I scored the bout the same. Garcia’s career has been mostly lackluster since his victory over Lucas Matthysse in 2013. However, if he can build off this victory, he can get back into the level of prestige fans and experts held him after the Matthysse win. A match-up against the winner of the Shawn Porter – Keith Thurman fight, a rematch against Amir Khan, or even Tim Bradley assuming Bradley beats Pacquiao are all excellent bouts which can put Garcia back on the map towards potential P4P status. No more Rod Salka fights, okay Danny? Okay Haymon?
As for Guerrero, I thought he was all but finished after the ‘’win’’ over Aron Martinez. He showed more life in this bout so I believe he can still be a solid gatekeeper for the welterweight division and give the best in the division a run for their money. But, I think his days of actually beating these guys are over.