In a fight that was supposed to be rather one sided, Danny “Swift” Garcia escaped his native land of Puerto Rico with a majority decision over Mauricio Herrera. Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while another had it at a 114-114 draw. All three ringside analysts from Showtime had Herrera winning the fight, though he was widely out landed in the power shots category. You certainly would not have been able to tell that reality based on Garcia’s face. Herrera had tattered him up & caused several areas of swelling around Garcia’s eyes, yet he did not come out victorious.
While the early action went mostly as expected among analysts, the fight between Garcia & Herrera had major upset written all over it. The fighters exchanged throughout the fight with some particular excitement coming at the end of the 9th round. Under the leadership of his father, Angel Garcia, Danny kept squaring up with Herrera & using his athleticism to outdo the veteran. The fight left many wondering if maintaining a weight under 140 was taking its toll on Garcia. During the post fight interview, Garcia definitely hinted at a potential move up to 147, where he would find much stiffer competition among welterweights. All things considered, the fight probably did more for Herrera than it did Garcia, other than the fact that it helped him determine a more suitable weight class for himself.
In the under card action, Daniel Ponce De Leon was again knocked out early on by Juan Manuel Lopez, this time in the 2nd round. The rematch between the two, 5 years in the making, was little more than a chance for Lopez to re-establish himself. While the same could have been said for Ponce De Leon, the loss left him looking closer to retirement than ever. Though he did score an early knock down, it wasn’t enough to avenge a 1st round defeat at the hands of Lopez earlier in his career.
The other under card match up, Deontay Wilder vs Malik Scott, did not live up to the hype. Scott was said to be the toughest test for Wilder in his career thus far. Instead, he ended up the 31st man to be knocked out by Wilder in 31 attempts. A first round left hook dazed Scott, & a right hand that all but bounced of Scott’s gloves was enough to push Scott to the canvas. He would not get up from that point amid boos from the Puerto Rican audience.
Much was learned from a great card by Showtime. The story line of Garcia coming home was great for promotions & the young fighter remained unbeaten, as did Deontay Wilder. Two promising young fighters continued on their quests to be among the sports elite.