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The main event on this card between Danny Garcia and Mauricio Herrera was not a bad fight. Viewed as a walkover opponent by many casual fans, Herrera staged a crafty and gutsy fight to make things extremely competitive.
But Garcia entered the fight as one of the sport's hottest young champions. In his previous bout, he had tamed the ferocious Lucas Matthysse. The coverage for this fight in the week prior focused on Garcia's debut in his parents' native Puerto Rico.
Herrera largely neutralized Garcia's famed left hook. The challenge also did a great job of controlling the tempo, which made him competitive but slowed down the fight at times. Tactically, it was interesting to watch but not exciting in the way that fans have come to expect from a Garcia fight.
The real letdown on this card was the heavyweight bout between Malik Scott and undefeated knockout artist Deontay Wilder. While not a big puncher, Scott is a very talented boxer and was expected to give Wilder his first taste of competition.
Instead, Wilder knocked out Scott early in the opening round by a left hook/straight right combination. The punches didn't even land solidly, and fans in the stadium booed loudly when the replay was shown.
Talk of a possible dive was rampant in the aftermath. I would never accuse a fighter of throwing a bout without proof, but I will say that Scott did not give the appearance of a fighter who was trying to win.
From wearing a bag over his head at the weigh-in to neglecting to throw a single punch while he camped out directly at the end of Wilder's reach, it was an embarrassing performance for such a gifted boxer.