Boxing

Danny Garcia set to take on Mauricio Herrera

Garcia will put his titles on the line.
Garcia will put his titles on the line..

Danny Garcia returns to the ring on Saturday night, defending his WBC and WBA light-welterweight titles against Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico. 

Garcia, 25, will fight on the Caribbean island for the first time and plans to put on a big performance. 

“I had a tremendous camp. This Saturday I’m going to win for my people in Puerto Rico and take my belt home with me," Garcia was quoted by BoxingNews24. 

The Philadelphia native is currently unbeaten in 27 contests, stopping 16 including Britain's Amir Khan in round four of their contest back in 2012. 

After successfully defending his titles on five occasions, Garcia has settled in his new surroundings well with his family.

“I love it here in Puerto Rico. I love the weather and the beautiful people. Everything about the culture is like where I grew up in Philadelphia. It’s just like Puerto Rico but it’s just the city life. But it’s the same thing.

"We eat the same food. We listen to the same music. Everything is the same but it’s just a little part of North Philadelphia. Everything is the same except for the snow," the 25-year-old added. 

Garcia last fought in September on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's bout against Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand.

Defeating the dangerous Lucas Matthysse, Garcia controlled the fight throughout and easily won via a unanimous decision. 

His opponent Herrera has won 20 of his 23 bouts, losing to Mike Alvarado and Karim Mayfield in 2012. 

The 33-year-old won his last fight, earning a points decision over unknown Miguel Angel Huerta. 

This weekend may prove to be too big a step for the challenger and Garcia should be able to come through mostly unscathed. 

In the co-main event, crowd favourite Juan Manuel Lopez will take on Mexican Daniel Ponce De Leon.

Both fighters are looking to save their careers after suffering a couple defeats in their last few bouts. Lopez, 30, lost to unbeaten featherweight Mikey Garcia in June last year.

Ponce De Leon defeated Joksan Hernandez on his return after losing to Abner Mares when he challenged the former champion for his WBC title. 

Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder also features on the card, taking on Malik Scott. Wilder is unbeaten in 30 contests knocking out every opponent, while Scott recently lost to Dereck Chisora, suffering his first defeat in 38 fights before outpointing Grover Young on his return. 

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