PBC on FOX results: Danny Garcia fills WBC welterweight vacancy
Undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia, 32-0 (18), kept his perfect record intact after scoring a hard fought unanimous decision over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, 33-4-1 (18), at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, to claim the vacant WBC welterweight title (formerly held by Floyd Mayweather Jr.). Despite the loss, Guerrero turned back the clock and looked good, giving one of his best performances in a while. The former two-division titleholder pressed forward through most of the fight but the cleaner shots appeared to come from new champion Garcia. Guerrero appeared to have his best moments in the first half of the fight while Garcia looked stronger in the second half. In the end, all three judges agreed on a winner, giving Danny scores of 116-112 across the board. Guerrero looked good and certainly did enough to keep his place somewhere among the big players at 147. Talk immediately turned to the winner of the upcoming (and highly anticipated) Keith Thurman (who was commentating ringside for Premier Boxing Champions) vs. Shawn Porter bout (for Thurman’s WBA strap) facing Garcia later in the year. We have some potentially intriguing stuff this year in the welterweight division.
In the second bout of the FOX broadcast, Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez, 21-0 (15), defeated Aron Martinez, 20-5-1 (4), by stoppage in a welterweight contest scheduled for 12 rounds. The undefeated Vasquez simply outworked Martinez from the opening bell. Martinez couldn’t come out for the seventh round due to what was revealed later as an injury to his left elbow.
Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, 17-0 (14), survived Amir “Hardcore” Mansour, 22-2-1 (16), due to flat-out good fortune in a heavyweight bout, in which Mansour was in control, for the most part. A hard, one-two from Breazeale pinpointed the 43-year-old right on the hinge of the jaw and between the fifth and sixth rounds, much to his corner’s dismay, Mansour said he couldn’t close his mouth. At that point, the fight was stopped by Raul Caiz Sr. and, upon further examination, it was revealed that Mansour indeed suffered a broken jaw.
Alejandro Luna TKO 8 Alan Herrera, welterweights
Sergio Quiroz UD 4 Damon Simon, junior featherweights
– Former WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was in attendance, enjoying the action. When asked if we would see him in the ring again he did provide a glimmer of hope, replying, “I am just enjoying spending time with my children and have no plans on returning at this time.” At least it wasn’t a flat-out “no.”
– WBA welterweight titleholder Keith “One Time” Thurman, after being asked if he would like to face Garcia later this year (if Thurman gets by Shawn Porter) replied, “Like to? I’d love to. I would love to see that green belt around my waist.”