Advertisement
Advertisement

Garcia Feels He's Among The Pound For Pound Best

Rising star Mikey Garcia insists his reign at the top of the sport is just beginning as he prepares to make the third defence of his WBO super-featherweight title against tough Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.

The 26-year-old Garcia cemented his status as one of the rising stars of American boxing during a stellar 2013, in which he stopped highly-rated former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in four rounds in Texas before recovering from an early knockdown to defeat Roman Martinez in eight rounds in November.

Garcia is already being linked with a prospective bout against Manny Pacquiao as well as potential unification contests against his rival champions at the weight, such as Cuban-born IBF champion Rances Barthelemy.

Garcia said: "I definitely feel I've proved myself to be at least in the top 10 pound-for-pound. I am just starting as world champion and still have a lot to prove. I had some good fights last year but I am just here to do my job. I just take it one fight at a time."

Garcia kicked off his professional career in 2006 and won his first title four years later when he stopped Tomas Vila in one round in Corpus Christie to win the vacant USBA featherweight title.

Garcia's steady progress through the ranks continued as he picked up NABF and NABO belts before making his big breakthrough with a dramatic technical decision win over Orlando Salido to take his current belt also in Madison Square Garden in January last year.

In Burgos he faces a tough opponent whose only loss in 33 fights came in Nagoya, Japan in November 2010 when he was outpointed by Hozumi Hasegawa for the vacant WBC featherwerigiht title.

Burgos bounced back with five straight wins before unusually fighting two consecutive draws - firstly against future Garcia foe Roman Martinez and followed by a setback against Japan's Yakubu Amidu in Lincoln, California last time out.

As his carefully constructed career has proved, Garcia is not one to look too far forward, but he knows he has options should he dispose of Burgos, with a move up in weight in search of bigger name opponents a distinct possibility.

Garcia said: "We will have a look at the options after this fight. Hopefully everything will turn out well and we can move on with our plans.

"It's not easy to put a fight together and in this business you've got to look at everything before you can just move up in weight class."

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by New England on 01-24-2014

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;14164939]Garcia not only has been winning but he's been winning in dominate fashion..I could see what ya saying about him needing a few more wins..At the same time,I would not be mad or say anything if someone had him in…

Comment by New England on 01-24-2014

mikey garcia is on a lot of p4p lists, including mine. he's one of the more dominant fighters in boxing.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 01-24-2014

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;14164928]Mikey can get there with a couple more wins, but I don't think he should be there yet. Danny definitely should be top 10.[/QUOTE] Garcia not only has been winning but he's been winning in dominate fashion..I could see what…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 01-24-2014

[QUOTE=Rome-By-Ko;14164925]I agree,I think both Garcia's are P4P fighters at this point..[/QUOTE] Mikey can get there with a couple more wins, but I don't think he should be there yet. Danny definitely should be top 10.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 01-24-2014

I agree,I think both Garcia's are P4P fighters at this point..

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (33)
Top Headlines Liam Smith: I Can Take Canelo's Shots, I Want To Test His Chin! Tommy Morrison's Son Aims To Impress on ShoBox Kovalev-Ward Deal Finalized For Vegas; Announcement Soon Anthony Joshua's Ring Return: Manchester is The Frontrunner Whyte vs. Sexton Plans Canned, Could Be Dereck Chisora Next Robert Frankel Ready: Jose Felix is a Very Winnable Fight Casimero Training Very Hard For Edwards, Says Promoter Hearn Hopeful For Callum Johnson Commonwealth Challenge Golovkin's Coach: Eubank Sr. Telling Lies, Must Come To His Senses Vargas Confident: I Really Think I'm Knocking Manny Pacquiao Out! Golovkin: This is Different, I'm Not Doing What Canelo Did! Frank Warren on Eubank vs. Langford, Flanagan's Options Edwards Confident of Shocking Casimero on Golovkin vs. Brook Con Sheehan Signs With MGM, Will Fight Twice In A Week LaRon Mitchell Goes The Distance, Danny Roman Wins Mikaela Lauren Promises To Drill Klara Svensson For The Count Macklin Warns Brook: Golovkin is Smart, Don't Let Him Read You Jacobs: I'll Fight Golovkin Before Canelo Does - For Right Money Muhammad Ali Center Looks To The Future Without The Champ Frank Warren Throws Water on Joshua's Claim of Joyce Robbery Canelo Pleased To Reclaim Mexican Dates From Mayweather Deontay Wilder, Jarrell Miller Explodes - Heated Confrontation! Photos: Marriaga vs. Robb, Felix vs. Frankel - UniMas Weights Photos: Lucian Bute Putting in Work, Eager To Resume Career Brandon Rios' Manager: Top Rank Contract Ends in December Smith: Canelo Had To Go To 154 To Save Face Over Golovkin! Photos: Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo, Terrell Gausha Ready Hands of Stone - Ramirez Credits Roberto Duran as Mentor Gilberto Ramirez Starts Next Stage, Aims To Return By Year's End Murat Gassiev: Lebedev Improved A lot Since Hiring Roach Abel Ramos faces veteran Juan Jesus Rivera in Phoenix, Arizona Chisora's Coach: Joshua is Better Than Fury, But Haye Beats Him Ishe Smith Discusses Training Camp, Fighting Frank Galarza Shakur Stevenson, Nico Hernandez To Get Honored at Home Smith: Canelo Ducked Golovkin, Talk of Pacquiao is Embarrassing! Mayweather Promotions' Titans of the Trade on September 17 Eubank Jr: Saunders is Extremely Boring, I Want 50-50 For Rematch Karim Mayfield Vents Over Bakhtiyar Eyubov Loss, Wants Rematch Marrero Reflects on Latest Win, Remains in Pursuit of Zambrano Burns-Relikh Title Fight Confirmed For October 7 in Glasgow
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement