Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs), a conqueror of solid prizefighters Erik Morales, Amir Khan, Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse, was controversially named a majority decision victor over Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) by scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 114-114.
In a scrap that often featured spirited exchanges, Herrera’s awkward style and sneaky jab caused Garcia to struggle.
"I think that Garcia did not look his best in his last fight. Herrera deserved the decision in that fight," said Provodnikov, 30, who fell to Herrera on the cards in January 2011.
"Herrera is not a bad fighter and he keeps on proving it time after time. But in this fight, I think Herrera somewhat exposed Garcia. Maybe it was just not Danny's night because I was impressed with most of his previous performances."
Meanwhile, Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) most recently exited the squared circle on October 19 after punishing Mike Alvarado to capture the WBO light welterweight belt.
The “Siberian Rocky” is a relentless bruiser who has become more skilled under the tutelage of renowned trainer Freddie Roach.
Supremely confident and in tremendous physical condition, Provodnikov possesses a granite chin and his punches land with resounding thuds.
Without immediate future plans for either pugilist, a bout pitting Provodnikov against the 25-year-old Garcia would be absolutely intriguing.
Perhaps “Herrera deserved the decision” and “it was just not Danny's night.”
Regardless, Garcia remains an unbeaten titlist and Provodnikov is a worthy challenger.