Garcia outguns Guerrero to win WBC welterweight title

24/01/2016 07:34

Unbeaten American Danny Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) defeated former two-division world champion Robert Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) by unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC welterweight title on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

All three judges scored the fight 116-112 for Garcia, who came on strong as the fight progressed and largely controlled the later rounds to win the WBC belt that was vacated following the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr, who was sitting ringside.

American Guerrero got off to a good start, backing Garcia up, landing jabs and hard shots to the body and head.

By the fifth round, Garcia had swelling under his right eye, but he was finally finding his range, connecting with a series of solid right hands and he was able to make the southpaw miss.

In the following rounds, Garcia landed some more big blows but Guerrero took them well and continued to throw a lot of punches, although he was not landing many of them. Garcia was outboxing and punishing Guerrero as he piled up the points.

In the 12th, both seemed to be looking for a knockout. The crowd was standing and cheering the all-action round as the fighters exchanged punches until the final bell.

Garcia becomes a two-division world champion after previously winning the WBC and WBA light welterweight titles.

Next, Garcia could fight mandatory challenger Amir Khan, who Garcia stopped in the fourth round in 2012.