Danny Garcia Defeats Robert Guerrero Wins WBC Welterweight Title
Boxing returned to Staples Center in the first major fight of the year in Los Angeles as Danny “Swift” Garcia of Philadelphia and Gilroy, California’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero battled it out for the vacant WBC welterweight title as boxing returned to FOX in the debut of PBC on FOX. In what was a competitive twelve rounds with the fight heading into the championship rounds Garcia and Guerrero sensed the urgency. Guerrero urged Garcia to stand and trade in the final round as the Ghost pressed forward aggressively, but in the final seconds the two fighters finished strong going toe to toe as all 12,052 fans were on their feet. In the end all three judges scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Garcia.
Danny Garcia wins the vacant WBC welterweight title as he remains undefeated 32-0, 18 KO's. Robert Guerrero goes to 33-4-1, 18 KO's in giving another exciting fight.
In the welterweight co-main event Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez of Pittsburgh scored a sixth round stoppage over East L.A.’s Aron Martinez. From the opening bell Vasquez outworked Martinez as he could not get off in chasing the elusive southpaw. Halfway through the fight Martinez could not get nothing off and didn't seem to throw a punch. To a surprise the tough Martinez did not come out for round seven as he appeared to have hurt his elbow.
Sammy Vasquez Jr. stays undefeated as his record now stands at 21-0, 15 KOs. Aron Martinez goes to 20-5-1, 4 KO's.
2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale and Amir Mansour opened up the PBC on FOX telecast in what was a heavyweight clash while it lasted. Breazeale survived an early knockdown in round two, rallying to stop Mansour as he did not come out for round six. Mansour was ahead on all three scorecards.
Dominic Breazeale stays undefeated at 17-0, 15 KO's. Amir Mansour goes to 22-2-1,4 KO's.
Making his pro debut Los Angeles super featherweight Sergio Quiroz won a unanimous decision over Damon Simon of Texas in going four rounds.
Sergio Quiroz wins his professional debut as he now has a record of 1-0. Damon Simon goes to 0-3.
Undefeated lightweight prospect Alejandro "El Charro" Luna of Bellflower, California stopped Alan Herrera of Mazatlan, Mexico in eight rounds of a scheduled ten round bout. Luna battered Herrera as the referee Ray Corona stopped the fight at the end of the eighth round.
Alejandro Luna stays unbeaten as a prospect as he now stands at 20-0, 15 KOs . Alan Herrera goes to 34-8, 22 KO's.
In the opening bout from the Staples Center in Los Angeles featherweight Jose Gomez of Huntington Park , California won a four round decision over Michael Gaxiola of Modesto, California. Scores were
Jose Gomez improves to 5-0, as Michael Gaxiola goes to 4-6.
Victor Torres squeaked out a split decision over Antonio Santa Cruz in a four round bantamweight bout. A knockdown in the final round made the difference as the judges scored it 38-37, 37-38, and 39-36.
Victor Torres improves to 2-2-1, 1 KO. Antonio Santa Cruz goes to 1-2, 1 KO.
Lightweight Jesus Aguinaga of won a six round majority decision over Luis Bello, (6-4, 2 KOs ). Scores for the bout were 57-57, 58-56, and 59-55.
Aguinaga improves to 4-3 as Luis Bello goes to 6-4, 2 KO's.
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