Los Angeles — Danny “Swift” Garcia used his superior boxing skills to take a unanimous 12-round decision victory over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero to win the vacant WBC Welterweight Championship.
Garcia took a few rounds to figure out a very game Guerrero (33-4, 18 KOs). It was Guerrero who arguably took two of the first three rounds. Once the eventual new WBC champ began to counter the pressure of Guerrero with basic 1-2 combinations, he was able to gain the momentum he needed to impose his game plan.
Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) would stay to the game plan and continue to dominate the second-half of the fight by simply sticking to the basics to get the job done.
“I was throwing my combinations, using my legs like my dad told me to do. I knew he was going to come to fight,” Garcia said in his post-fight press conference. “I’m back where I belong. I am now a two-division world champion. Guerrero is tough. No one has ever stopped him. He came to fight; he was in shape. I’m taking nothing away from him. I am glad it went the way it went. I just want to take some time off, let my body heal and take one day at a time.”
While Team Garcia was in a reflective and celebratory mode, Team Guerrero was extremely disappointed with decision. Despite losing on all three judges’ scorecards 116-112, both Guerrero and his father/trainer Ruben felt he did enough to win the fight, and there should definitely be a rematch.
“Not one person out there thought Danny won, but his team.” Guerrero said. “I thought I won the fight. The crowd thought I won the fight. It was a great fight. I am happy I’m healthy, and I will be back. I thought I won the fight, and I definitely want a rematch.”
Punch stats showed Garcia landed a wide margin of power shots by landing 33 percent to Guerrero’s 24 percent. Garcia’s left and right hooks were his two most popular punches to go to, as they both consistently caught Guerrero on the chin while keeping him from bringing constant pressure.
No matter who you scored the fight for, all in attendance and watching at home on FOX television will agree the 12th round was definitely a highlight of the fight.
After taking the pattern of Guerrero chasing and Garcia countering the majority of rounds, both fighters decided to stand and trade bombs for the last two minutes of the fight which brought all 12,052 in attendance at Staples Center to their feet as the final bell rang.
Despite having numerous confrontations with the Guerreros in the lead up to fight during fight. Danny’s trainer/father Angel had nothing but respect and props for Team Guerrero after the final bell.
“I knew Robert was going to be at 100. It was a world title fight,” Angel Garcia said. “Anytime it is a world title fight, no one is going to slouch. When you come to fight a former champion or champion, it’s going to be a battle. These are elite fighters and there is always going to be a great fight. At the end of the day, Danny pulled it off. It doesn’t matter what people say.”