Danny Garcia outpoints Mauricio Herrera

The Associated PressMarch 16, 2014

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Danny Garcia successfully defended his two 140-pound titles Saturday night in a 12-round slugfest with Mauricio Herrera.

Garcia's improved to 28-0 in the fifth defense of his WBC light welterweight crown and fourth of his WBA belt. He received winning scores of 116-112 from two judges and the third had the fighters even at 114.

Garcia's right eye was swollen after the early rounds and his nose bloodied by a big shot from Herrera (20-4) in the ninth. Fighting his way off the ropes, the champion rallied with some solid shots to end the round.

It wasn't an easy fight for Garcia, a Philadelphia native with deep Puerto Rican roots who was driven on by a raucous crowd of more than 10,100 in his mother's hometown.