Garcia outlasts Guerrero, Breazeale and Vasquez win.
By Hector Franco
This Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angels, California Danny Garcia defeated Robert Guerrero to win the vacant WBC welterweight title. Garcia won by unanimous decision with scorecards reading at 116-112 for all three judges.
The bout itself was a closely contested affair. It was a tale of two halves. The first half of the bout Robert Guerrero established his jab to the body, which set up shots upstairs. He was able to back Garcia up constantly and land straight left hands. The fight was in Guerrero’s hands through 5 rounds. This momentum changed in the sixth round as Garcia’s bodywork in the early rounds paid off as Guerrero began to slow down in his attack. As Guerrero slowed down, Garcia took advantage and landed monstrous right hands and left hooks on Guerrero. You couldn’t ask to land cleaner punches on an opponent, but Guerrero kept coming forward. The second half of the bout Guerrero kept putting pressure on Garcia while Garcia pot
While Garcia won the bout, he was far from impressive. Guerrero was a 10-1 underdog before the bout. The public underestimated Guerrero and these odds reflected that. Garcia is now the WBC champion in the division, but he would be the underdog against most of the top ten welterweights. Garcia became a two-division world champion tonight, but the critics and skeptic aren’t going away after Saturday’s performance.
On the undercard, we witnessed two more bout in the welterweight and heavyweight divisions. At welterweight undefeated welterweight prospect Sammy Vasquez (21-0 15 knockouts) stopped Aron Martinez after six rounds. Martinez was unable to come out for the seventh round due to an injury to his left arm. The bout was rather uneventful as Vasquez dominated from the beginning. Vasquez showed a variety of skill offensively and defensively. Vasquez may be ready to take on the other top welterweights at this moment as a clash with amateur rival Errol Spence looms in the future.
The heavyweight bout that kicked off the telecast was the most exciting bout of the night. Undefeated Dominic Breazeale took on the 43-year-old Amir Mansour. The bout started off at a fast pace with the advantage to Mansour who backed Breazeale up and landed left hands and right hooks. In the third round, Mansour landed a clean right hook that dropped Breazeale. Breazeale was lucky to make it out of the round. By the fifth round, Breazeale regained his composure and landed some hard left hooks and straight rights on Mansour. Breazeale in the fifth round landed the punch that ultimately stopped the fight. Mansour was unable to come out for the sixth round as he complained about being unable to close his mouth. It was later found out that he suffered a fractured jaw. Breazeale will move on to other heavyweight bouts within his promotional universe possibly against new IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin.