Garcia and Guerrero collide at the famous Staples Centre in Los Angeles with Floyd Mayweather’s former title up for grabs and British hero Amir Khan looking to face the winner next.
It pits the fiercely proud fighting nations of Puerto Rico and Mexico head-to-head once again with Garcia of American-Puerto Rican decent and Guerrero of Mexican-American heritage in the potential thriller.
The fight exploded into life this week when Garcia and Guerrero nearly came to blows at the press conference, but it wasn’t the two silent but battled hardened warriors, it was their fathers, who are also their trainers.
“He (Angel) wants to act like he is, but he’s not. They ought to let us go for a round, but then they’ll have to stop it because I’ll hurt him. I will hurt him.” stormed Ruben Guerrero, a former professional fighter in the 1980s.
“(Ruben) is going to remember Jan. 23 for the rest of his life. It’s going to be his new new year.” Retaliated Angel Garcia.
Former four-time world champion Garcia says he’s fired up for his shoot-out against Guerrero and feels fantastic at 147 pounds after moving up from 140 pounds where he struggled to make the weight and risked his unbeaten record against Mauricio Herrera last March.
“I feel a lot better. I’m happier now. When I fought at 140, I was always mean while trying to cut weight. I was never in a good mood,”
“I feel blessed. It’s an opportunity for me to kick off the year in nice fashion, and to be in the first big fight of the year in the headliner. I can’t wait to get in there and showcase my skills.”
“This is another fight that is going to make me a bigger star.” Said Philadelphian Garcia.
Guerrero, out of Gilroy, California, will put everything on the line in a final shot at glory against Garcia. He’s lost two of his last four fight, but that was against superstars Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Keith Thurman and he ended both fights on his feet.
“Having the world title on the line just adds fuel to the fire,” he said. “We’ll find out Saturday night how it all plays out.” Said Guerrero.
(Quotes from boxingjunkie.usatoday.com)
The action packed card will also include unbeaten welterweight prospect Sammy Vasquez Jr. facing hard veteran Aron Martinez, plus heavyweight hope Dominic Breazeale takes on Amir Mansour.
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