Advertisement
Advertisement

Mikey Garcia Tabs Lomachenko To Take Salido's Belt

By Keith Idec

Mikey Garcia has first-hand knowledge of Orlando Salido’s toughness and durability, but he, too, expects Vasyl Lomachenko to defeat Salido on Saturday night in San Antonio.

“Salido is a tough guy,” Garcia said. “I’m looking forward to that fight. Skills do beat experience and toughness, just the way I was beating Salido with skills. Salido is the more experienced of the two, so it should be a very good fight. But Lomachenko should beat him with skills.”

Garcia floored Salido four times during their January 2013 fight for the WBO featherweight title in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Salido still came back to have some success before an accidental clash of heads broke Garcia’s nose and sent their scheduled 12-rounder to the scorecards after eight rounds.

Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., was winning their bout by large margins on all three scorecards (79-70, 79-69, 70-69) at the time referee Benjy Esteves stopped it.

With 31 professional fights on his record by the time he faced Salido (40-12-2, 28 KOs, 1 NC), Garcia felt more than ready to box an experienced, rugged veteran of Salido’s caliber. The WBO super featherweight champion could not imagine, however, taking that type of difficult fight immediately after his pro debut. He can’t help but admire the highly ambitious approach Ukraine’s Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has taken toward his 12-rounder against Salido at Alamodome (HBO; 9:45 p.m. ET).

“That’s amazing,” Garcia said. “I’ve never heard of that. That’s great for him, if he can capture a world title in his second professional fight.”

Like most, Garcia was impressed by the 26-year-old Lomachenko’s performance in his pro debut. The skilled, strong southpaw stopped Mexican veteran Jose Ramirez (25-4, 15 KOs) in the fourth round Oct. 12 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“He has many world championships and gold medals from his amateur days, so he’s definitely skilled,” Garcia said. “He definitely has what it takes to be a world champion. We just want to see if he can be a professional world champion.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

Top Headlines Amir Khan Aims For Danny Garcia Mandatory Shot in January Miguel Cotto Officially Passes on Marquez Over Weight Dispute Mikey Garcia: You're Going To See a Better Version of Me! Joseph Diaz: Liam Smith is a Very Tough Fight For Canelo Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Thomas Williams Size Up at Presser Carl Frampton: Everyone Expects Me To Lose, I'll Get The Upset! Dorticos To Shumenov: You Paper Champ, Stop Running Chicken Photos: Margarito, Alvarez Go Face To Face at Presser Video: Leo Santa Cruz Ready For War With Carl Frampton Amir Khan: Arum is Bitter, He's Scared To Do The Pacquiao Fight! Photos: Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Malignaggi, Garcia Workouts Photo: Kell Brook Embraces VADA Testing For Golovkin Shot Amnat Ruenroeng Vows To Get Olympic Gold For His Family Photos: Andre Ward Cheers on Kevin Durant, Team USA Czar Glazkov Still Recovering, Return is Possible in November Video: Golovkin's Coach on Terence Crawford, Kell Brook, More Leo Santa Cruz: If Dad Didn't Get Better, I May Have Pulled Out Lucas Browne Enters WBC's VADA Drug Testing Program Frankie Gavin vs. Sam Eggington Looms For October Clash Luke Campbell Focused, Aims To Do a Job on Argenis Mendez Otto Wallin Faces Osborne Machimana on September 10th Liam Walsh to meet Andrey Klimov in IBF final eliminator Leo Santa Cruz Fearful Frampton Won’t Come To Fight Saturday Loeffler on GGG-Brook: The Best at 147 Facing The Best at 160 Bradley Warns: Crawford Can Win, But Pacquiao is NO Postol HBO Sports Head: We Want To Match The Best Fights Possible Olympic Boxers, Now Without Headgear, Worry About Cuts Dimitrenko Confident of Beating Parker, Derailing Joshua Fight Marlon Tapales Shocks Pungluang Sor Singyu, Wins WBO Belt Paul Smith Set For September Return, Won't Be on Liverpool Bill Abel Sanchez: Manny Pacquiao Should Fight Keith Thurman Photos: Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo, Gausha Presser Paulie Malignaggi’s Master Plan: This is Just Step One Loeffler: Golovkin Will Have 3 Fights Prior To Canelo Fight Alfredo Angulo Eyes Gold: I Want a World Title Shot in 2017! Video: Timothy Bradley Talks Pacquiao vs. Crawford, More Video: Loeffler Talks Golovkin vs. Brook HBO Tripleheader Robert Guerrero Aims For Rematch With Danny Garcia Leo Santa Cruz Says Having Dad in NYC Brought Him To Tears Photos: Joseph Diaz, Nick Arce, Roy Tapia Putting in Work
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement