Top welterweights Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero are scheduled to meet on Jan. 23, as the two look to take a step closer to claiming the vacant spot atop the weight class following Floyd Mayweather’s retirment in September.
The two face off on a Premier Boxing Champions card on FOX inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Garcia, the former junior welterweight champion of the world, is undefeated through 31 professional bouts. He last fought in August, defeating Paul Malignaggi in a ninth-round TKO.
“I’m excited to be fighting in prime time on Fox and to get back in the ring in such a big way,” Garcia said via ESPN. “I know people are going to say this is a Puerto Rico versus Mexico matchup, but I fight for all Latinos and I have the fan-friendly style to back it up. Guerrero comes to fight, and he’s faced the best in the sport. This is a huge opportunity for me to show why I’m a star. There’s no better place to do that than in Los Angeles, where stars are born.”
Guerrero, meanwhile, is 3-2 in his last five outings, dropping 12-round unanimous decisions to Floyd Mayweather in 2013 and Keith Thurman in 2015, respectively.
“If there ever was a fight that defined the word ‘war,’ it’s this fight,” Guerrero told ESPN. “What a great way to kick off the return of prime-time boxing on Fox. I guarantee this is going to be a historic fight. A Mexican-American versus a Puerto Rican-American — it’s a bitter rivalry. Danny Garcia is a great champion, and I know we’re going to put on a tremendous show. Jan. 23, it’s going to be fireworks, and I can’t wait.”