By Miguel Rivera
Featherweight contender Mikey Garcia is training for the fight of his life. The unbeaten boxer challenges Orlando "Siri" Salido (39-11-1, 27KO) for the WBO's featherweight championship on January 19th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"I am aware that I will be fighting the best featherweight champion of the world and, therefore I am working harder than ever. I know I have to be 100% to beat Orlando Salido," explained Garcia (30-0, 26KO). "Salido has proven that he's the best with facts and wins, but I have the ability, strength and experience to win and I will prove that on the 19th in New York.
"New York is a very important place in the boxing world and this is a great opportunity for me to show my talent to a lot of people who know the sport.
Mikey's brother and trainer, Robert Garcia, says Mikey's ring smarts will win the contest.
"Personally, I think Mikey is a resourceful fighter who knows how to use his skills in the ring. Mikey is a boxer who is very intelligent and prepared to fight and win the world championship," he added.
The leader of the Garcia clan, father Don Eduardo, agrees that ring smarts will determine the winner of this contest.
"We know that Salido is a strong and experienced fighter, but Mikey is well aware of that and he's well prepared and ready to face this challenge. He is a very smart fighter and knows what he needs to do to win this fight, that I have no doubt," said Don Eduardo.