Deontay Wilder is halfway there already. Familiarity with the squared circle. A sense of theatrics that includes a masked ring walk. A trash-talking opponent invading the scene of his most recent victory.
With just 14 bouts under his belt, Jamel Herring lacks the experience of most 30-year-old pro boxers. A couple of tours of duty in Iraq and a stint in the Olympics will tend to have that effect.
Right after Danny Garcia won his unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero on Saturday night in Los Angeles, Guerrero was adamant he wanted a rematch.
When Premier Boxing Champions debuted on March 7, Keith “One Time” Thurman delivered an impressive unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero to retain his world title. A week later, “Showtime” Shawn Porter got in the game with a savage fifth-round knockout of Erick Bone.
For five rounds, Robert Guerrero looked like a fighter who was younger, hungrier and sharper than Danny Garcia. After that, Garcia showed why he’s an undefeated world champion who dominated the 140-pound ranks, then made the right decision to move up.
Danny Garcia held world titles at 140 pounds from early 2012 right up until June. That’s when it became clear that the two catchweight fights he’d most recently contested weren’t an aberration, but rather steps on the path to 147.
Danny Garcia has fought plenty of tough guys. Lucas Matthysse had never been down in his career before he fought Garcia. Four-division champion Erik Morales had only been dropped by Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao before facing Garcia twice in 2012.