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Puerto Rico hosts Danny Garcia-Mauricio Herrera press conference

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RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and veteran challenger Mauricio Herrera will be present at a Tuesday press conference in Isla Verde Carolina, Puerto Rico for their March 15 clash that takes place in Bayamon on Showtime, Golden Boy announced on Sunday.

Not only will Garcia (27-0, 16 knockouts) and Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) be on hand at the event, which begins at noon at the Verdanza Hotel's Grand Opera Salon and is open to the public, but so will Puerto Rico's Juan Manuel Lopez  and fellow two-division titleholder Daniel Ponce de Leon, whose 130-pound rematch will be shown on Showtime Extreme in advance of the Garcia-Herrera broadcast.

Garcia-Herrera will take place at the historic Colisio Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon.

Puerto Rican-based promoter Peter Rivera, of PR Best, will also attend the press conference located at 8020 Tartak Street.

Opening the Garcia-Herrera broadcast on Showtime, which followd the Showtime Extreme broadcast, will be a heavyweight WBC title eliminator bout between 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and once-beaten veteran Malik Scott.



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Fighters from the Maryland-Washington, D.C.-area enjoyed a hot month during televised fights in January, highlighted by the performances of IBF titleholder Lamont Peterson and unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell Jr. 

On Jan. 25 at The D.C. Armory in a Showtime-televised bout in his native Washington, D.C., Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over Dierry Jean

Peterson is 5-1-1 with three knockout victories since falling by unanimous decision to WBO 147-pound beltholder Tim Bradley as a 140-pounder in 2009, but was coming off a non-title bout against Lucas Matthysse, who dropped him three times and stopped him in the third round in May.

On the Jan. 30 undercard of Fox Sports 1 main event featuring Luis Collazo's second-round knockout of welterweight rival  Victor Ortiz, Russell (24-0, 14 KOs) scored a fourth-round knockout of Miguel Tamayo.

A southpaw from Capitol Heights, Md., just a few miles from the border of Washington, D.C., Russell was coming off a unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz in August.

On Jan. 24 on Friday Night Fights,  light heavyweight prospect Thomas Williams (16-0, 11 KOs) rose from a knockdown to stop Cornelius White in the first round at The Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Wash.

Hailing from Fort Washington, Md., near Washington, D.C., Williams was floored between between the two knockdowns he scored against White.

On Jan. 31 on ESPN2 from The Richad J. Codey Arena in West Orange, N.J., 19-year-old welterweight  Dusty Hernandez-Harrison  (20-0, 11 KOs), of Washington, D.C., unanimously decisioned Philadelphia's Tim Witherspoon Jr. (10-4-1, 2 KOs).

"The beltway definitely showcased its best talent. Thomas was our Prospect Of The Year for 2012, and Hernandez-Harrison was our Prospect Of The Year for 2013," said boxing sage Gary Williams, who has covered the sport for years on his website Boxing Along The Beltway.

"Gary Russell is one step away from a title shot, and he just has to play his cards right. Peterson was as good as he has ever been that night, completely controlled that fight. When Peterson went to another level, Jean couldn't follow. These are the best guys that we have right now."



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