Danny Garcia vs. Mauricio Herrera preview March 15
Danny Garcia of Philadelphia will be attempting to defend his WBC and WBA Junior Welterweight titles when he takes on Mauricio Herrera of Lake Elsinore, California in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on Saturday, March 15. The title fight will be broadcast across America by the Showtime network and will be shown by Super Channel north of the border in Canada. Herrera is a dangerous opponent and should give Garcia all he can handle on the night.
Herrera is best known for beating the rough-and-tumble Ruslan Provodnikov by a decision back in 2011 and also went the distance in a loss to Mike Alvarado a year later. Provodnikov made a name for himself by engaging Timothy Bradley in an excellent slugfest last year and had Bradley out on his feet as the bell rang to end the fight. However, Bradley hung on to take the close and controversial decision. Provodnikov then went on to stop Mike Alvarado in 10 to take his WBO crown.
Herrera was able to outbox Provodnikov though and put in a fine overall display that he’ll need to duplicate against Garcia if he hopes to take his title. Herrera doesn’t have much in the way of power, but he’s a good boxer with plenty of experience and isn’t afraid to hold if he feels he’s in trouble. Many fans felt Herrera lost to Provodnikov and was the worse for wear after the fight, but he did what Bradley did, which was hang on for the victory.
The 33-year-old Herrera’s last outing was against Miguel Angel Huerta and he took it by a comfortable unanimous decision, but Huerta was on the comeback trail after sitting out for the past five years. He enters the fight with Garcia with a record of 20-3 with just seven Kos. As his record indicates, Herrera certainly isn’t known as much of a power puncher.
The undefeated Garcia is eight years younger than the challenger at 25 and has plenty of experience in big fights with wins over the likes of Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysee, Erik Morales and Zab Judah. He’ll be climbing through the ring ropes with a record of 27-0 along with 16 Kos to his name. However, he needs to make sure that he doesn’t underestimate Herrera’s challenge. Garcia’s heritage can be traced back to Puerto Rico, so he’s definitely going to be motivated for this title defence.
He needs an impressive win here to line up some big-money fights against elite boxers in the future. He’s usually an exciting fighter who has decent power, but sometimes has to rely on his boxing skills to get by. He knows Herrera isn’t about to get into a brawl with him so needs to track him down and make sure he throws enough punches each round to take them on the score cards. Herrera has a slight advantage when it comes to both reach and height and he’ll simply try to outbox the champion.
Garcia’s power should be the difference in this fight since he should be able to withstand Herrera’s best shots and walk through them to land his own power punches. Herrera could win a few rounds here and there if he puts in the work, but look for Garcia to eventually wear him down. This fight could go the distance and it could also end in a late stoppage. Either way, Garcia will still be the champion when it’s over.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds on all of the big fights with a Garcia win being listed at -1375 and a Herrera victory at +900. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done of late capping the bouts.