Texas-based slugger Roberto "La Amenaza" Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs), fresh off an exciting and impressive ESPN-televised victory over Mexico's Norberto "Demonio" Gonzalez on February 7, says he's dropping down to his natural weight of 147 lbs to begin campaigning as a welterweight.
33-year-old Garcia, who came into the fight against Gonzalez as a late substitute opponent, revived his career with his controlled, pressuring performance. He has now set his sights on obtaining a title shot against one of the current champions including IBF Champion Shawn Porter and especially interim WBA World Champion Keith Thurman.
Since losing a decision to multiple world champion Antonio Margarito in 2010, Garcia has come up with six solid victories including decisions over solid contenders Antwone Smith and Gonzalez. In his 13-year career, Garcia has headlined several televised cards and won the Miller Lite Texas Light Middleweight Championship, the Texas State Welterweight Championship, the WBC CABOFE Championship and the IBA Continental Welterweight Championship.
However, the Reynosa, Mexico, native hasn't been able to make the jump to world-championship status. Garcia blames himself. "I've had problems outside of the ring that affected my performances," he admitted. "I used to get out of shape between fights and didn't stay together mentally, but my mind is in the right place now. That's the most important thing for a fighter. My mind and my personal life have never been better and I'm ready to make a serious run at a world title."
His promoter, Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, says he's working hard to get Garcia into position for a title shot.
"Roberto works as a personal trainer now and so he doesn't get out of shape between fights," said Margules. "He came into the Gonzalez fight in tremendous shape and took care of business against a very determined opponent. Even on just two weeks' notice, he showed the determination, dedication and patience it takes to take that final step up the ladder. We are currently working hard to put him in the fights that will finally make him world champion."