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Robert Guerrero: It's Dangerous if Danny Garcia Trades With Rios

By Ryan Burton

Former multi-division champion Robert Guerrero will be a very interested observer of two upcoming Showtime Championship Boxing cards.

On February 17th, Danny Garcia (33-1) will return to the ring after an 11 month hiatus and face former champion Brandon Rios at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For Garcia it will be his first fight since his close decision loss to Keith Thurman.  Rios snapped a 16 month layoff in June when he stopped Aaron Herrera.  It was Rios first fight since his stoppage loss to Tim Bradley in November, 2015.

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Garcia is a big betting favorite going into the fight and Guerrero expects him to win but isn't ruling out Rios.

"I think that is a good fight. I don't think Garcia is going to exchange with him because Brandon Rios will chop you up inside banging your body. He is just going to flow and box him. I think he gets the win on points - but if he stands in there with him and trades it is dangerous," Guerrero told BoxingScene.com.

A month prior, Errol Spence will make the first defense of his IBF welterweight title against former super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson. Their fight takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on January 20th.

Spence captured his title in dominant fashion, stopping Kell Brook last May.  Peterson has been very inactive, having only fought once in the past 27 months.  His last fight took place last February when he defeated David Avanesyan to capture the WBA "regular" welterweight title. He had to vacate that title in order to secure this opportunity.

Guerrero is very impressed with what he has seen out Spence but expects Peterson to test him in the ring.

"That is a good fight. Peterson pushes everybody man. I don't care who it is. He has that inside game, rolls, counters. Spence though, I think he is going to take over the division," said Guerrero.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CineScape on 01-08-2018

So after taking flush shots from Matthysse and Thurman with somewhat non ill-effect, Rios is the one that'll put him away? I could've sworn that those two were considered (in this forum) some of the hardest punchers around.

Comment by jri9d0 on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18388131]5 years ago I would have been excited for this one...[/QUOTE] Me too, especially after the Mathysse scrap.

Comment by pacmanis1 on 01-08-2018

This isn’t going to be an entertaining fight, it’s going to be the kind of fight where someone (Rios) is getting so thoroughly dominated that you just feel bad and wish someone would stop the fight.

Comment by b morph on 01-08-2018

Blow out fight. Rios just stands in front of you, shoulders squared up. BIG target for Garcia. I don't even think Garcia is that great, but he has more than enough talent to win this one.

Comment by Elroy The Great on 01-08-2018

[IMG]https://media1.tenor.com/images/e429c10d54f4ab6e005f4e2fd11a565a/tenor.gif?itemid=4122742[/IMG] yeah, dangerous on swifts fists.

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