Garcia retains light welterweight titles

Posted at 03/16/2014 1:52 PM
WBC unified super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (L) of the U.S. punches compatriot Mauricio Herrera during the eighth round of their championship fight at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon March 15, 2014. Photo by Ana Martinez, Reuters.

BAYAMÓN - Danny Garcia kept his undefeated record intact late Saturday by taking a majority decision over challenger Mauricio Herrera in a light welterweight title fight.

Garcia improved to 28-0 and retained his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association titles with a hard-fought victory that two judges scored 116-112 and the third had even, 114-114.

American Garcia, who is of Puerto Rican ancestry, had the crowd of 10,100 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez on his side.

Herrera, also a US citizen, dropped to 20-4 with seven knockouts.

Garcia was coming off a unanimous decision win over Argentina's Lucas Matthysse in September.

This was his fifth defense of the WBC crown he won by taking a unanimous decision over Mexico's Erik Morales in 2012.

It was also be the fourth defense of the WBA title Garcia took from England's Amir Khan with a fourth-round stoppage in 2012.

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