Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Danny Garcia may fight in Puerto Rico

(Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
(Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

It was a few days before Danny Garcia's fight last September and his brother Eric stood nearby as the boxing champion conducted an interview in Spanish.

Eric Garcia said his younger brother was teaching himself the language and wanted to be able to say more than just a few boxing phrases.

And hopefully those lessons have paid off. Garcia's father and trainer, Angel, told ESPN Deportes that there is a good chance his son will defend his unified light welterweight titles on the island.

It was announced earlier this week that the Juniata Park-native’s next bout will be March 15, but a site and opponent were to be announced. Angel Garcia told the website that Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 knockouts) will meet Mexican Mauricio Herrera.

According to the report, if Garcia fights in Puerto Rico it will be at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, just outside the capital city of San Juan.

Angel Garcia and his wife, Maritza, were both born in Puerto Rico. Danny Garcia and his three siblings were born in Philadelphia.

“For me it is an honor that Danny will fight in Puerto Rico,” Garcia told the website. “He feels very Puerto Rican and we wish that people would [view him] as another Boricua.”

The 33-year-old Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) has lost two of his last four bouts. He was the first person to defeat Ruslan Provodnikov, which he did in 2011 on a controversial unanimous decision.

Matthew Breen Inquirer
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