Undefeated featherweight star Mikey Garcia credits family influence for astute boxing education

24 Oct

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Rising featherweight sensation Miguel “Mikey” Garcia impressively halted another opponent in his most recent test – on October 22 at the WaMu Theater of Madison Square Garden, New York City – as Juan Carlos Martinez was dropped three times before incurring a technical knockout in the fourth round. The 23-year-old, arguably the most exciting contender in the 126lb weight class, has underlined the importance of his family as a focal factor in his flourishing career.

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Boxing is in Mikey’s blood… his older brother is Robert Garcia, an obvious pick for 2011 Trainer of the Year because of his high-profile work with world champions Nonito Donaire (who also won last Saturday) and Brandon Rios. Mikey’s father is Eduardo Garcia, the famous coach of former two-time world champion Fernando Vargas and his nephew, only one year younger than him, is Javier “Pelos” Garcia – a fierce puncher in the lightweight ranks who also serves as sparring partner to Rios and 23-year-old Mikey.

“Growing up with boxing even as little [kids] we were hanging out in the gym,” Garcia (27-0-0, 23ko) said to Top Rank TV. “To get in the sport… it was actually my nephew Pelos who started at 12-years-old, I was 13.

“He was part of some exhibition fights, I went down there and my brother signed me up to have an exhibition fight. I was never even training or anything but one of the guys didn’t have an opponent and my brother pushed me into the ring, so that’s how I started,” stated Mikey.

“Everybody’s involved and that does influence you. We’re at that level… all the fights my brother [Robert was a super featherweight world champion] had and fighters my father [Eduardo also coached Victor Ortiz and Adam Flores, who now helps coach Sergio Martinez at the famous World Crown Sports club] trained, it all helps me with my career.”

Undefeated Mikey Garcia is a tough hombre. He has stood up to the punches of all those who have stood in front of him, he is yet to taste defeat and, like On The Beak‘s post-fight report explains, he has a proven ability of swiftly finding the range necessary to deliver his match-ending blows.

Garcia has passed examinations against Cornelius Lock in a hard-fought war, slick boxer Lucian Gonzalez, late replacement Rafael Guzman, fellow contender Matt Remillard and, most recently, durable journeyman Martinez. With proven mettle, Garcia now feels he is ready for the elite in the weight class and is hopeful of booking himself fights with Puerto Rican power puncher Juan Manuel Lopez and attack-happy technician Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Garcia concluded: “We are ready to challenge for any of the titles right now or any of these guys: Lopez, Gamboa, [Jhonny] Gonzalez. I’m ready for them now!”

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