Ruben Guerrero: Danny Garcia will end up like Andre Berto
(Photo credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions) By Dan Ambrose: An angry Ruben Guerrero, the father of #6 WBC Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs), almost came to blows with Angel Garcia, the father of #2 WBC Danny Garcia (31-0, 17 KOs), at their final press conference for their fight this Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Ruben Guerrero was all worked up emotionally when he took the stage to speak, and he immediately turned on the 52-year-old Angel Garcia and challenged him to a fight. Angel said “I’m 52-years-old, I don’t play that.” Ruben then said, “I don’t care. I am 58.” At that point, the two trainers were separated to keep blows from being thrown. Angel didn’t look like he was ready to throw any punches, but Ruben definitely did.
“I wish the fight was today, because we’re ready. Danny Garcia had better be ready. It’s over. It’s time to fight. It is going to be a bloody and rough fight. We’re bringing everything,” said Ruben Guerrero. “Same thing that happened to Andre Berto is going to happen to Danny. His dad better be ready to throw the towel in.”
Ruben seems to have taken it personal that his son Robert is the underdog in this fight. Many boxing fans believe that Garcia will finish off Guerrero, who they believe is washed up at 32-years-old. Guerrero may not be officially an over-the-hill fighter, but he definitely is struggling at this point in his career. He’s lost two out of his last four fights, and was lucky to have won his last fight against journeyman Aron Martinez.
I don’t think anyone thinks any less of Guerrero for losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Keith Thurman, because those two fighters would beat almost anybody in the 147lb division. But what does trouble fans is how bad Guerrero looked in his last fight against Aron Martinez.
— Danny 'Swift' Garcia (@DannySwift) January 22, 2016
Guerrero was knocked down in the fourth round, and he had to come storming back in the second half of the fight to salvage a close 10 round split decision. With the way that Guerrero was knocked down hard in the 4th, some referees would have likely stopped the fight because Guerrero looked like he consciousness for a second as he was falling. It was surprising that Guerrero that he was able to get back up and survive the round, because he was badly shaken up from the knockdown.
Danny Garcia, 27, is motivated by Ruben Guerrero’s strong words, and he says that a devil inside of him has been awakened. Garcia plans on going after Guerrero on Saturday night in their fight on Premier Boxing Champions. The fight will be televised on Fox Sports.
“I want to thank Ruben Guerrero because he’s awakened the devil. I can’t wait for Saturday night to show the world what Danny Garcia is all about. I feel fast, I feel strong and I’ll see everyone Saturday,” Garcia said. “My dad and I are chilling right now, we’re business men. They set it off and they woke us up. That’s the last thing you want to do to us. I’m going to bring the heat. He never faced a guy like me. I’m sending a message.”
The World Boxing Council put up their WBC welterweight title for Guerrero and Garcia to fight over, even though neither of them has done anything to deserve fighting for a world title in the 147lb division.
What the WBC did in putting up their 147lb title is they set it up to where the winner of the Garcia-Guerrero fight will be little more than a vulnerable paper champion that will likely only hold title as long as they’re not fighting anyone talented like Errol Spence or Shawn Porter. Garcia did a good job of maneuvering around Viktor Postol at 140, when Garcia held the WBC light welterweight title. If Garcia can win the WBC welterweight title, he might be able to hold onto it for a number of years if he’s able to be skillfully matched to where he doesn’t have to fight Porter or Spence. I wouldn’t be surprised if Garcia can avoid fighting those guys for many years.
Guerrero has a chance of winning on Saturday if he can fight the perfect fight, but I don’t think he has a good chance. He’s not much of a puncher, and he’s going to have a problem taking Garcia’s left hooks. Aaron Martinez was able to hurt Guerrero, and he’s not considered to be a big puncher.
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