Garcia defeats Guerrero; Vasquez stops Martinez

Using movement, holding and accurate pot shots, unbeaten #2 WBC Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) defeated the slow, easy to hit Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBC welterweight title on PBC on Fox at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The fight was there to be won for the 32-year-old Guerrero, but he didn’t do enough in the final six rounds to get the win. The judges scored the fight by the identical scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112.

The fight was supposed to have been more one-sided than it was, but Garcia spent too much time throwing pot shots and not throwing combinations like he should have. Garcia was content to land Mayweather-like pot shots, and then either hold or move away to prevent Guerrero from landing anything.

The fight was kind of dirty from Garcia’s side. He landed some low blows, he shoved a lot, and hit Guerrero once when his back was turned. There weren’t a lot of low blows from Garcia in this fight thankfully. We saw him throw many low blows in his win over Lucas Matthysse in 2013, and he kind of controlled the fight with those shots.

The fight was billed as a war, but it turn out that way. Garcia was focusing on boxing, moving and holding, and he didn’t appear to be too interested in exchanging shots with Guerrero, even though he had the power and speed advantage.

It’s unknown at this time who Garcia will defend his new WBC title against in his next fight. It’s supposed to be Amir Khan, The #1 WBC contender, because the World Boxing Council allowed #6 WBC Guerrero to get the title shot ahead of Khan. However, Khan might do something else. It’s hard to predict what Khan will do. If he wants a crack at the WBC title, the WBC will obviously accommodate him.

In the co-feature bout, undefeated #12 WBC welterweight contender Sammy Vasquez (21-0, 15 KOs) beat Aaron Martinez (20-5-1, 4 KOs) by a 6th round stoppage win. Martinez hurt his left elbow and was unable to continue fighting after the 6th.

It was supposed to have been an exciting fight with a lot of action. Instead, fans saw Vasquez hitting, moving and tying Martinez up in close. Vasquez didn’t have to worry about too much from Martinez, as he was mostly covering up and fighting against the ropes. The fight was even more of a disappointment than the main event.

In heavyweight action on the card, 43-year-old Amir Mansour (22-2-1, 16 KOs) suffered a jaw injury and was unable to continue fighting against Dominic Breazeale, (17-0, 15 KOs) after the 5th round. This gave Breazeale a fifth round stoppage win. Mansour dropped Breazeale in the 3rd.

Other boxing results on the card:

Alejandro Lina TKO 8 Alan Herrera
Sergio Quiroz UD 4 Damon Simon