Danny Garcia will fight in Puerto Rico on March 15

Philadelphia boxer Danny Garcia. (Julie Jacobson/AP file)
Philadelphia boxer Danny Garcia. (Julie Jacobson/AP file)
Posted: January 31, 2014

He has fought in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New York, Mexico, and Houston.

Now Danny Garcia, the light-welterweight boxing champion from Juniata Park, will trace his roots with a March 15 fight in Puerto Rico.

Both of Garcia's parents immigrated from Puerto Rico. The 12-round bout against the unheralded Mauricio Herrera will likely be promoted more around Garcia's return to the island rather than his opposition.

Herrera (20-3, seven knockouts) has lost two of his last four fights and has never fought for a world title. The World Boxing Association - which recognizes Garcia as champion - is the only world boxing organization to list Herrera in its top 10. The Mexican is No. 4.

"I can't wait to give my fans a great show," Garcia said in a post on Twitter.

The fight will be televised on Showtime from the 12,000-seat Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon.

The 25-year-old Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) earned a 12-round unanimous decision in September over Lucas Matthysse in Las Vegas. Herrera's signature victory was in 2011 - the last time he fought 12 rounds - as he scored a unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov.

On the undercard, North Philadelphia's Malik "King" Scott (36-1-1, 13 KOs) will face undefeated heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs).


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