Eddie Hearn explains why Mikey Garcia is fighting Sandor Martin ⋆ Boxing News 24

By Dan Ambrose: Eddie Hearn expects Sandor Martin (38-2, 13 KOs) to offer former four-division world champion Mikey Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) a tricky 145-lb catchweight combat this Saturday night time on October sixteenth on the Chukchansi Park, in Fresno, California. Mikey vs. Martin are headlining live on DAZN in a ten spherical bout.

(Photograph credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom or Melina Pizano/Matchroom)

Sandor has an opportunity of profitable if he can push a quick tempo for the complete combat in opposition to the ring-rusty Mikey. If Sandor can drive Mikey to combat arduous, he’ll seemingly gasoline out shortly.

Hearn promotes the 28-year-old Spanish fighter Martin and thought he could be an excellent opponent for the ring-rusty 33-year-old Mikey, who hasn’t fought in 18 months since his win over Jessie Vargas in February 2020.

Martin wasn’t the primary selection for Mikey’s combat on Saturday. Hearn needed Regis Prograis, however the monetary restraints and scheduling made that combat inconceivable for now. Hearn says he needs to place collectively the Mikey vs. Prograis combat for early 2022.

Sandor has headlined a few of Hearn’s exhibits on DAZN in Spain, and he says he’s a giant star in that nation.

Though Sandor hasn’t crushed anybody notable throughout his ten-year skilled profession, he’s the EBU mild welterweight champion; He’s had that title for 2 years since beating Andrea Scarpa in 2019.

Hearn promotes Sandor Martin

I might have most well-liked the combat, after all. I feel all people would have,” stated Eddie Hearn to iFL TV on the Mikey Garcia vs. Regis Prograis combat that fell via. “It didn’t current itself for a variety of causes.

Mikey Garcia

There’s monetary necessities for each of these guys [Mikey and Prograis] that didn’t make sense on the time or wasn’t the perceived worth of the combat or didn’t match within the scheduling on the time.

“He’s [Mikey] combating Sandor Martin. Sandor Martin is a man that we promote; he’s headlined loads of exhibits in Spain,” stated Hearn. “I wanted an opponent at 140 or 147 for Mikey Garcia to return again after 18 months out of the ring.

“Once I have a look at the rankings, and Sandor Martin is on the high of all these rankings. He’s a European champion, he’s one among our fighters, and he’s a giant star in Spain. He’s headlined all of our exhibits over there. So it’s nice for DAZN over there as properly.

“I believed it was a good selection. I’m not saying he’ll go in there and be a favourite in opposition to Mikey Garcia, however he’ll come to win.

“He’s going to want for Mikey to be a little bit bit rusty, which he is likely to be, and he’s going to want Mikey to miss him a little bit bit, which he is likely to be,” stated Hearn.

It’s good that Hearn makes use of one among his personal Matchroom secure fighters for Mikey to make use of as a tune-up opponent. U.S boxing followers won’t care an excessive amount of that Mikey is combating a man they’ve by no means seen or heard of earlier than.

They need to see Mikey again in motion as a result of he’s been out of the ring for a substantial period of time.

Mikey has develop into extra identified for his YouTube movies with him speaking about vehicles and sitting in a barber chair for his frequent haircuts with all of the inactivity.

Mikey has misplaced an excessive amount of weight just lately, and there’s no approach of understanding if he’ll be drained for the combat.

His weight had gotten a little bit too excessive in the course of the pandemic, and he was now not trying like an athlete. It’s unknown if Mikey was exercising over the past 12 months half.

If not, we may see him gasoline out on Saturday if Martin can take him into the second half of the competition.

Mikey vs. Prograis focused for early 2022

Lots of people see this as a routine win for Mikey Garcia, however I do know Sandor Martin will give it the whole lot,” Hearn stated.

“If we’re going to offer anybody a chance, I’d fairly give it one among our personal,” stated Hearn in giving his rationale for choosing the little-known Sandor to face Mikey on Saturday.

“It’s going to be an excellent night time of boxing,” stated Hearn. “To be sincere, Mikey Garcia is high 1o greatest stars within the U.S.

“So to get him again on the platform, we all know he delivers large numbers, and we all know he drives subscribers as properly.

“So it’s an excellent coup for DAZN to have him again on. He’s a free agent. He selected out of all of the provides to work again with Matchroom and DAZN, which may be very sort of him and flattering.

“Hopefully, he can proceed to work with us if he will get via on Saturday night time. I feel the Regis Prograis combat within the early a part of 2022 is a superb combat to make,” stated Hearn.

Prograis is likely to be a step too far for Mikey as a result of he’s in his prime, a pure 140-pounder, and he’s not somebody who bulked as much as that weight class as Mikey has.

The Mikey that we noticed lose each spherical in opposition to Errol Spence Jr. would seemingly be over his head in opposition to Prograis. However now that Mikey has been sitting idle for nearly two years, it may very well be a mistake to place him in with Prograis.

Mikey Garcia vs. Sandor Martin full undercard:

  •  Elwin Soto vs. Jonathan Gonzalez
  • Brock Jarvis vs. Alejandro Frias Rodriguez
  • Jesse Rodriguez vs. Jose Alejandro Burgos
  • Diego Pacheco vs. Lucas de Abreu
  • Nakita Ababiy vs. Sanny Duversonne
  • Marc Castro vs. Angel Luna
  • Khalil Coe vs. Aaron Casper
  • Charlie Sheehy vs. Luciano Ramos
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