Fight Photos: Mikey Garcia accelerates toward world title shot with stoppage win over Bernabe Concepcion

12 Mar

Words: Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank

Real deal Miguel ‘Mikey’ Garcia, of Oxnard, California, further maneuvered himself into world title contention on Saturday, March 10 as he produced a comfortable and convincing seventh round technical knockout performance over two-time featherweight championship challenger Bernabe Concepcion of Metro Manila, Philippines at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Garcia is fast-becoming one of the most useful jabbers in boxing and his one-two is reminiscent of the Klitschko brothers

Delgado’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Garcia
10 10 10 10 10 10 10

Concepcion
9 9 9
9 9 9 8

Pre-fight focus led to shut-out success

Official verdict: Garcia by way of seventh round TKO.

It was a trademark Garcia performance as he boxed in a cerebral fashion, beginning the contest with patience as he sought to initially figure Concepcion out, locate the flaws in the Filipino prizefighter’s approach on fight night before exploiting them in order to secure the stoppage finish.

He operated behind his trusted jab, a tool used early on to find the appropriate distance and one eventually used to introduce his proven power shots, particularly in round seven.

It was in the seventh when Concepcion – who had, prior to Saturday evening, only ever been halted once before (by main eventer Juan Manuel Lopez) – tasted the canvas and was withdrawn from the contest by Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon. Concepcion began the stanza looking to put the pressure onto Garcia, however, his hooking punches and straight shots were all parried away by Garcia’s head-high guard. Moments later, Garcia began finding range with his overhand right and clattered Concepcion who staggered awkwardly to the canvas.

“I think I showed everybody my skills and I was able to put him out when the time was ready,” said Garcia, an archetype of the thinking man’s fighter, an unbeaten 24-year-old with 28 wins behind him (24 by way of KO), two good wins over Concepcion and, last year, Matt Remillard, and has long been banging on the door of world title contention, something he reiterated after his victory by concluding: “I would like to face any of the champions at 126.”

Out of those champions… ‘Super’ WBA titlist Chris John, WBC belt holder Jhonny Gonzalez, IBF ruler Billy Dib and WBO king Salido, it is expected to be the latter.

Highly-decorated at national level (WBO NABO and NABF titles in the bag), Garcia is eager to try for world honours

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