Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mikey Garcia Not Taking Any Shortcuts in 130 Debut

By Francisco Salazar

Miguel Angel Garcia is good. Real Good.

So good that people in boxing do not refer to him as a prospect anymore. They refer to him as a future force to be reckoned with at the super featherweight limit.

Could he eventually go up to lightweight and fight the top fighters there?

Possible and eventually. For now, let us see what he could do against formidable opposition in the 130-pound weight class.

That will start tonight when he faces Roman “Rocky” Martinez in a scheduled 12 round bout at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. Garcia will be gunning for a second world title when he faces Martinez that will be televised live on HBO. The telecast will begin at 9:30PM ET/ 6:30 PM.

Garcia won his last fight on June 15th, a fourth round stoppage victory over former two-division world title-holder Juan Manuel Lopez.

The backdrop of the fight was not something Garcia (or anyone in his team) wants to go through again.

Garcia lost his featherweight world title belt on the scale the day before the fight. He weighed above the contracted weight of 126 pounds and was able to lose the weight in the allotted time.

As if losing the title was bad enough, Garcia fell ill after the weigh-in. HBO was filming Garcia as part of its “2 Days” series, when they filmed Garcia vomiting into a wastebasket. There was even talks to postpone the fight, but the fight went through.

The situation after the weigh-in made Garcia and his team realize that it was best to find a dietician and/ or strength and conditioning coach to assist with training camp.

That person was Alex Ariza, famous for being the strength and conditioning coach for Manny Pacquiao.  Ariza stopped working with Pacquiao when he and trainer Freddie Roach had a falling out between the two.

Now, Ariza is working with Garcia and other fighters at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA. It is where Garcia, Brandon Rios, Nonito Donaire, and Marcos Maidana train out of.

Garcia is happy with the results. Not only did he easily make weight on Friday, but his body looks more defined and muscular than before.

“We always work hard in the gym,” Garcia told Boxingscene.com after a recent workout in Oxnard, CA. “The biggest difference in this camp has been my dieting and the structure of it. Alex Ariza has been the biggest difference so far. The results are better and I’m in great shape. I’m ready to fight 12 rounds.”

Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) has passed most tests against modest to legitimate foes with flying colors. His one-sided, dismantling of Orlando Salido in January impressed boxing writers and has been Garcia’s most impressive victory to date.

He faces a formidable foe in Roman Martinez tonight. Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) is unbeaten in his last four fights since his loss to Ricky Burns in September of 2010.

A majority of media and fight fans predict Garcia not only would beat Martinez, but could possibly stop him. While some young fighters might feed off of that, Garcia remains focused on the task of facing the best Martinez in the ring.

“He’s doesn’t have the fastest hands or well-rounded, but he’s tough and fights to the end. He’s going to give 1,000 percent in the ring.”

Now that Garcia is competing at 130 pounds, some think Garcia is the top fighter in the division, despite not having fought once at that weight.

Maybe he is and maybe he is not. Garcia could make a statement tonight against a talented fighter with a belt. Or it would have to take Garcia to clean out the division.

Whenever that would be or if it occurs, Garcia is going to take one fight at a time. He will assess where he belongs in the division after the Martinez fight.

“I don’t get caught up with that,” said Garcia, who is a 2006 graduate of Pacifica High School in Oxnard. I will assess myself after the fight (on Saturday) to determine where I belong. I will say that I’m one of the best in the (130-pound) division, but I’ll wait to after the fight to see where I belong.”

Garcia has a bright future in the boxing game. He has been around boxing since his father Eduardo trained Fernando Vargas and when his older brother Robert was a world champion.

His boxing I.Q. is off the charts because of it and the hours he puts in the gym.

Garcia is as talented as they come and the interesting thing is that he probably has not hit his ceiling yet.

Garcia is very good now. Could you actually imagine when Garcia will become a great fighter?

As much as boxing fans are exciting to see that transformation, his future opponents may thing otherwise.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2002 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Knockout Nation, and Ring Magazine. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on twitter at FSalazarBoxing

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by yoshik on 11-09-2013

Got to admire a fighter that takes all comers at the weight class he wants to win. Just Say NO to Catch weights.

Comment by MrClutch85 on 11-09-2013

Garcia should stay at 130 better matchups for him

Comment by ddangerous on 11-09-2013

[QUOTE=chubano;13914319]I will respect him the day he fights Gamboa. I think at 130lb Gamboa should be considered #1.[/QUOTE] I don't necessarily think he should be considered #1. He dominated in his last fight against Perez, but he doesn't fight often…

Comment by DannYankee on 11-09-2013

[QUOTE=chubano;13914319]I will respect him the day he fights Gamboa. I think at 130lb Gamboa should be considered #1.[/QUOTE] How can Gamboa be considered #1 at 130 when he fights at 135 actually how the fk can anybody consider him #1…

Comment by johnnyrambo on 11-09-2013

Hope Mikey cleans each division in steps. Follow Money Floyd's pattern and endure long career. No one @ 130 has your skill set anyway Mikey! Follow your spirituality & dont be over zealous. Dont chase but be chased & fight…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (12)
Top Headlines Brandon Rios vs. Aaron Herrera in Lancaster - June 11 on FS1 Spence: I'm Not Worried About Crowd; Pressure All on Kell Brook Alexander Povetkin vs Andriy Rudenko Finalized For July 1 Tyson Fury Will NOT Receive License Until UKAD Case is Resolved Errol Spence: I Have To Prove What Mayweather Says is True McGuigan Tabs Groves as Best Super Middleweight in The World Head-to-Head With HBO, PBC on FS1 Peaked at 580K Viewers Cotto vs. Kamegai Set For August 26, With Golden Boy, on HBO Julius Indongo is Ready To Fight Terence Crawford, Broner Too Spence on Boxing Brook in Sheffield: What Real Fighters Do! Arum on Crawford Plans: Indongo Fight First, Then Pacquiao Froch: Groves Must Block Out Tragedy of Last Fight To Win Title Coldwell Fears Kell Brook Will Suffer Same Fate as Roy Jones Jr. Tyrone McKenna To Return On June 17 In Belfast Logan Yoon To Return on June 3 After Picking Up Second KO Win WBC May Order Interim-Title Fight Due To Keith Thurman's Injury Robert Stieglitz Retires From Boxing, Boesel Will Now Face Murat UFC's White Admits: Mayweather Could Be McGregor's Last Fight Sugar Ray: Brook-Spence Can Show What Boxing Used To Be Like DeMarcus Corley Gets Off The Floor To Decision Vivian Harris Michael Conlan: I Just Want To Be Great For My Country Danny Garcia Hungry To Regain Belts, Says Brook-Spence is 50-50 Cotto vs. Marquez Being Targeted For December, Says Beltran Photos: Michael Conlan Putting in Work For Second Pro Fight Uzcategui: In a Rematch - I'd Knock Andre Dirrell Out in a Round! Spence Hotel About Block Away From Manchester Terror Attack Arum: Murata-N'Dam Decision - Worse Than Pacquiao-Bradley 1! Bivol vs. Agnew to Round out Ward-Kovalev Pay-Per-View Card Christopher Diaz, Teofimo Lopez, Rivera Return on UniMas, 6/23 Max Becerra Grabs Decision Over Martinez in Palm Springs Sugar Ray Leonard: Canelo-Golovkin is 50-50, Not Easy To Predict Figueroa-Guerrero, Monaghan-Browne 7/15 at Nassau Coliseum Kell Brook: I'm in a Better Place Than Errol Spence Is, I'll Beat Him Roach Very Worried - Pacquiao Looking Bad in Camp, Sparring Rob Brant Must Consent To N'Dam vs. Murata Rematch Crawford-Diaz Fight Peaked at 1.036M Viewers, Averaged 961K Spence: In Beating Kell Brook I'll Prove That I'm a Top 5 Fighter! Prograis-Diaz Doubleheader Set Down For ShoBox on June 9 George Groves Views Chudinov as Best Chance To Win World Title Brook: This Will Be a Prince Naseem vs. Kevin Kelley Type of Fight
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement