Weights: Garcia 146.8, Guerrero 146.8
By Dan Ambrose: #6 WBC Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) and #2 WBC Danny Garcia (31-0, 18 KOs) both successfully weighed in on Friday for their fight this Saturday night for the vacant WBC welterweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Guerrero weighed in at 146.8 pounds, and looked in top shape.
It’s the norm for Guerrero to always be in excellent shape, so it wasn’t a surprise to see him looking good. Garcia weighed in at the exact same weight of 146.8lbs. However, Garcia looked a little drained like it had been an ordeal for him to get down in weight. Garcia tends to put on a lot of weight after he rehydrates, so it won’t be surprising if he comes into the fight the bigger name in the 160s.
Garcia’s weight was one of the reasons why he did so well when he was fighting in the light welterweight division. Garcia would rehydrate and wind up looking like a middleweight against an often lighter looking opponent.
The 27-year-old Garcia is supposed to win this fight, but you never know. We saw how Garcia was clearly beaten by Mauricio Herrera and Lamont Peterson recently. Garcia was able to avoid defeats in those fights when the judges still gave him the victory despite many boxing fans seeing him as the loser.
In other weights on the card, #12 WBC welterweight Sammy Vasquez (20-0, 14 KOs) came in at 147lbs for his fight against high level journeyman Aaron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs).
Believe it or not, this is the WBC semi-eliminator bout. I’m not sure that I agree with the fight being any kind of eliminator, because Martinez is ranked #23 by the WBC and isn’t ranked in the top 15. It makes zero sense for the fight to be any kind of an eliminator when one of the fighters is a 2nd tier guy.
Martinez has lost three out of his last five fights, and that alone should be enough to disqualify him to be fighting in an eliminator. The World Boxing Council’s standards for picking fighters for eliminator bouts needs to improve because this isn’t all that great of a match-up.
Martinez also weighed in at 147lbs. Martinez is coming off of a 10 round unanimous decision win over a struggling Devon Alexander last October. Martinez was able to jump out to a big lead over a shocked looking Alexander, and then hold onto the lead in the second half of the fight.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Dominic Breazeale (16-0, 14 KOs) weighed in at 252.8lbs for his scheduled 10 round bout against 43-year-old Amir Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs). Mansour weighed in at 218lbs.
Manrour was arguably robbed of a victory in his last fight in fighting to a controversial 10 round draw against Gerald Washington last October in Shelton, Washington. Mansour appeared to win the fight, but found himself on the receiving end of a questionable draw against the highly touted prospect Washington.
The 6’7” Breazeale won a controversial 10 round decision over Fred Kassi last September in Birmingham, Alabama. Kassi appeared to do more than enough to deserve the decision over Breazeale, but instead he found himself losing by a 10 round decision by the scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 100-90.
Other weights on the card:
Alejandro Luna 135.4 vs Alan Herrera 135.6
The fight card will be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox.
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