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This Saturday, Danny Garcia (31-0, 18KO’s) faces Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-3-1, 18KO’s) at The Staples Center in Los Angeles. Today’s press conference was more of a feature of the trainers/fathers of the two boxers as they went at each other in a spectacle of taunts and insults of heritage.
The Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry is a big one, a fact that coupled with the East Coast versus West Coast rivalry could have been exploited more during the build up. The die-hard of boxing fans know of Ruben Guerrero and his outgoing personality rooted from the barrio. Guerrero, resembles the Low Rider magazine logo and is reminiscent of an uncle that many Mexican Americans in California have in their families. Angel Garcia is an outgoing braggadocios sort that personifies the east coast Puerto Rican community in the eyes of the west coast Mexican American.
And there’s a fight happening, a potentially good one at that. Guerrero with his smothering style has the potential to wear down Garcia who had trouble with Lamont Peterson and Mauricio Herrera as they got inside and mauled him to close losses. Guerrero is a durable veteran with more size than the aforementioned and could push Garcia to his limits if he can make him work.
Never being much of a mover, Garcia plants and fires his left hook from stationary positions of power that could create an environment for fireworks as Guerrero has often had a penchant for blocking punches with his face.
Danny Garcia knows the antics of the two fathers holds more value than providing short viral video clips for the social media correspondents trolling the press conference saying, “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.”
Guerrero is in a do or die situation for his career. Since his exciting albeit one sided loss to Keith Thurman in the launch of the PBC, Guerrero won a close split decision that some felt he lost to co-main event fighter and perennial underdog Aaron Martinez saying, “A title is on the line and I’m extremely motivated to silence the critics who are doubting me. I’m ready to become a champion once again”.
Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, Cali vs. Philly, trainer vs. trainer, oh yeah there are two world class boxers in the ring with a title on the line too.