Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: WBA, WBC. And Ring Magazine, Jr. Welterweight titlist Danny “Swift” Garcia, 139.8, participated in an all out war with former multi-division champion Zab “Super” Judah, 42-8 (29 KOs),140, with Garcia, 26-0 (16 KOs), doing more than enough to win. The fight was a classic at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre on a Golden Boy promoted show between a young stud and veteran with a great pedigree spread over the last 17 years. He faced the best there is and has the smooth boxing style that true fans of boxing really appreciate.
The Champion, Garcia, is one of those fighters who can do it all, but is more of a Jack of all trades and a master of none. That is not an insult. He can punch, but he’s no Roberto Duran; he has skills, but not like Floyd Mayweather; he’s fast, but he’s no Willie Pep. He is more like the great former middleweight champion, Joey Giardello, or Arturo Gatti, or even Emile Griffith. He is good, but probably not as good as his boisterous father, Angel claims. Right now he resides at the top of the 140 pound fighters, but to put him among the top ten pound for pound list is a stretch.
I watched the fight live from my seat in the media section and was impressed with both men. I did notice something that Judah’s team needs to address. Zab has a fine set of offensive skills, but he is woefully easy to hit, especially with a straight right. Even after all these years and fights, he could fix that and find himself at the top again. He lost because he had no answer for Garcia’s right hand.
The rap on Zab has been heart. He tends to fade in fights that are too tough to maintain his determination, well if this fight counts, and it does, he has licked that problem. Not only did he not lose his will to win, he came on strong in the last three rounds, even after hitting the deck in the eighth.
Garcia is a really good talent and should only improve, but he won’t beat any elite fighters such as Floyd, or Pacquiao, unless they get too old. Zab’s long career has proven that he is the real deal, and the same can be said of young Danny. His future will be a good one, but I just don’t see him at the top of the PFP ratings. That’s okay, though, how many top fighters ever get to that spot anyway.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, is settling into being a world champion quite nicely, thank you, as he successfully defended his WBO Middleweight title with a scintillating seventh round TKO over challenger Fernando Guerrero. The left handed Guerrero was vulnerable to Quillin’s powerful rights.
The Champion found a home for his right as early as the second round decking Guerrero two times. He hurt Guerrero as the fourth frame came to an end after absorbing the challenger’s looping lefts on three or four occasions; the Champion seem able to spot every opening presented to him by his opponent and was able to take advantage of them all.
Quillin, 160, landed left hooks which he often followed with a hard right. He threw everything with success, left hooks, uppercuts and that right. It was a dominating performance by the Chicago born Champion who staggered the Dominican Republic native on many occasions.
Round seven ended with a good call by referee Harvey Dock who ruled a knockdown when Guerrero, 160, was battered into the corner post which kept him from falling, then after a barrage of punches ending with another right, sent the challenger down for the fourth time in the fight, Dock had seen enough waving it off at 1:30. Quillin improved to 29-0 (21 KOs), while Guerrero suffered loss number two, 25-2 (19 KOs).
Later at the post fight press conference Quillin talked about fighting and winning, “It’s about will; we as fighters get in there and it’s about whose will is the strongest. If you don’t have the best reasons for doing what you’re doing it will show right away.” With Guerrero out of the way, Quillin can now look at his next step and with all the possibilities out there including Geale, Martinez, Chavez, he seems to have set his sights on the WBA and IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin.
“We have been discussing amongst everybody, that are the best opponents for Peter,” said promoter Oscar De La Hoya. “And know he wants to go after Golovkin. That would be a tremendous fight, but then he has other choices too such as Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr., which is another option. You can take a look at the other champions in that weight division and one guy that would be a terrific fight is Sergio Martinez (who won a controversial decision over Martin Murray on the same night). That would be a tremendous fight, but there are many options for Peter.”