Mikey Garcia returns to the ring against Sandor Martin ⋆ Boxing News 24

By Sean Jones: Mikey Garcia desires to handle the upset-minded Spanish fighter Sandor Martin this Saturday evening, October sixteenth, on DAZN from the Chukchansi Park in Fresno, CA.

The struggle will probably be at a 145-lb catchweight, which suggests Martin might want to come up in weight from 140 to face Mikey.

Sandor (38-2, 13 KOs) has primarily fought lower-level opposition in his native Spain throughout his profession. Apparently, he’s been chosen for Mikey to struggle in the primary occasion on DAZN as an alternative of somebody extra becoming for that standing.

That is Mikey’s first look in 20 months since February of final yr. He mentioned he needed to struggle former WBA 140-lb champion Regis Prograis, however there wasn’t sufficient time to advertise the struggle.

So as an alternative, Mikey will probably be dealing with Sandor Martin, a fighter with a nine-fight successful streak since getting soundly overwhelmed by fringe contender Anthony Yigit in 2017.

Mikey had hoped to face Manny Pacquiao in his last struggle, however the Filipino star selected to face WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas as an alternative. If Mikey had been energetic together with his profession within the final yr and a half, he most likely would have gotten the struggle with Pacquiao.

Had Pacquiao taken the struggle with Mikey, he would have been criticized for dealing with a man that has grow to be a part-time boxer at this stage in his profession.

Mikey nonetheless desires Prograis 

“We’re just a few days away from my struggle. I really feel good, I’m prepared, and coaching camp went properly,” mentioned Mikey Garcia to Boxing Social.

Mikey Garcia

“If all the things goes properly on Saturday evening, the thought and the plan is to proceed these conversations with Crew Regis, Crew Prograis to attempt to safe that struggle subsequent.

“I’m additionally open and keen to struggle anyone else that’s obtainable, however the primary identify in entrance of me is Regis Prograis. We have been already so near getting that struggle achieved.

“After all,” mentioned Mikey when requested if he’d be serious about difficult undisputed mild welterweight champion Josh Taylor. “That’s most likely the largest struggle at 140.

“Him being the undisputed champion at 140. There’s no different struggle as massive as that. If that struggle is obtainable in any method, I’m positively going to benefit from that chance.

“I really feel I’m on the highest stage that he’s, and I believe it could be a fantastic match-up. I really feel like I’ve what it takes to beat Josh Taylor. I believe he’s a fantastic fighter, a fantastic southpaw.

“So why wouldn’t I take the largest struggle presently? I believe the followers would actually take pleasure in that sort of struggle, and I’d love that struggle. If that struggle is in any method offered to me, I’m positively taking that.

It’s questionable whether or not Mikey will struggle Prograis as a result of he’s more likely to look unhealthy in opposition to Sandor on Saturday. If Mikey struggles in opposition to a fighter at Sandor’s stage, he’ll most likely need one other tune-up.

The factor is, it doesn’t matter what number of tune-ups Mikey takes at this level in his profession. He’s gotten older, been inactive for too a few years, and he was by no means a 140-pounder, to start with.

This isn’t Mikey’s weight class, and Mikey began out at 126, and that’s the place he was at his greatest. So what we’ll possible see is Mikey laboring to a win over Sandor after which saying that he wants extra tune-ups earlier than dealing with Prograis.

Will DAZN be keen to indulge Mikey for yet one more tune-up? I imply, Mikey’s final struggle in opposition to the over-the-hill Jessie Vargas was a tune-up, and, after all, the Sandor Martin struggle is one other tune-up. At what level does Mikey get again in there and begin combating high quality opposition as soon as once more?

If I have been one of many high brass at DAZN, I wouldn’t have agreed to put Mikey’s struggle with Sandor in the primary occasion.

That’s an undercard stage struggle for my part, and it’s on the extent of Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr. sort of non-marquee mismatch.

Mikey desires Josh Taylor

“He’s a really well-rounded fighter,” Mikey mentioned about Taylor.”What I see are alternatives the place I can perform a little bit greater than Josh sees in me.

“It’s very straightforward for any individual to see video of me, however after they get within the ring, they see there’s a lot extra that they didn’t see. That’s the place I really feel I’ve what it takes and have the benefit

“That [Sandor Martin] was one of many names that Eddie Hearn delivered to my consideration, and I gave the inexperienced mild to all of them.

“He’s the one which went out to pursue whoever was obtainable for the timeframe that we have been scheduling this struggle in.

“So he landed on Sandor Martin because the opponent to take the struggle. You see a video of me, and also you see a easy stand-up man with a easy jab and proper hand.

“However ask any of my opponents if it’s that straightforward, and so they’ll inform you it’s a complete one other sport. It’s delicate modifications and delicate actions that make a giant distinction.

“That’s the place I see myself with Josh Taylor. Josh Taylor is a superb fighter, a fantastic boxer, however I believe there are alternatives there. There’s nonetheless room there for me to essentially take benefit.

“I’m positive he’s [Taylor] going to search for one thing massive after that [title defense against Jack Catterall]. I’m positive he’s going to be searching for some massive fights.

“If he can any method steer within the route that he desires to take, he can at all times attain out in my route as a result of I’ll be obtainable,” mentioned Mikey.

It’s a horrible thought for Mikey to struggle Josh Taylor as a result of he’s more likely to lose badly to this man. To compete with a fighter like Taylor, you’ve acquired to be energetic and combating the very best. Mikey hasn’t been regularly energetic for years, and he regarded poor in his fights with Jessie Vargas, Errol Spence Jr., and Sergey Lipinets.

Many boxing followers wish to see Mikey struggle Josh Taylor, however it gained’t go properly for the previous four-division world champion.

There have been a few years of inactivity for Mikey for him to compete with a expertise like Taylor. Furthermore, Mikey hasn’t overwhelmed anybody of high quality at 140 since he moved as much as that division.

Mikey regarded horrible in opposition to former IBF mild welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets three years in the past in 2018. That was a tough struggle for Mikey.

After the struggle, Mikey regarded like he’d crawled out of a warzone. Lipinets puffed Mikey’s face up, leaving him bloody and searching in unhealthy form. I had the struggle very shut on the finish.

Apart from Lipinets, Mikey’s solely different win at 140 was in opposition to an over-the-hill, weight-drained Adrien Broner in 2017. There’s no comparability to Broner to that of a expertise like Josh Taylor.

Mikey not overlooking Martin

“I acquired to provide credit score for Sandor Martin as a result of it was a brief discover state of affairs,” mentioned Mikey on his opponent.  “It was a 4 or five-week discover, and he was keen to do it.

“We’re completely satisfied that we’re in a position to get a struggle. I’ve seen a little bit little bit of video on him. He’s a great boxer; he’s a southpaw.

“That’s at all times a problem in itself combating a southpaw.  So, I do know he’s going to come back with all the things he has to attempt to upset me.

“I’m anticipating the very best model of Sandor Martin. I can see this being his massive shot, his massive alternative.  He’s going to attempt to capitalize on it and capitalize on all the things in entrance of him.

“So I can’t take this struggle evenly. That’s why I did all of the coaching and all of the sparring essential to be in the very best form attainable and be well-prepared for Saturday evening.

“That is his massive alternative, most likely greater than a vacant world title struggle.

“All eyes are on him on this struggle, so he’s going to attempt to take benefit. “That is what he’s been ready for,” mentioned Mikey.

It most likely doesn’t matter if Mikey is overlooking Sandor as a result of this can be a sick mismatch on paper. Once you pool from lower-level opposition, as we see right here with Mikey combating a second-tier opponent, he can afford to miss him and nonetheless win.

Sandor has been spinning his wheels just about his whole profession, dealing with nondescript opposition in Spain. 4 years in the past, Sandor tried stepping it up in opposition to fringe 135-lb contender Anthony Yigit, and he LOST.

Mikey saying he’s not overlooking an opponent would imply one thing if he have been really dealing with an honest contender like Subriel Matias, Shakhram Giyasov, Montana Love, or Brandun Lee.

That’s not what we have now right here in Sandor. That is an obscure man who had overwhelmed NO one and was came upon when he tried combating the perimeter contender Yigit.

Sandor Martin desires to show himself

He’s been European champion, and he’s prepared to maneuver on to stellar fights, greater fights, and that is it.

“So that is it for him. So I can anticipate him to be the very best he can ever be. However that’s additionally why I’m the very best that I can ever be.

“I didn’t take this struggle evenly. I do know he’s a tough southpaw. He can field, and he’s acquired good abilities.

“For most people on the market don’t know something about him. However that’s what he’s making an attempt to do.

“Show who he’s. That’s why this can be a good match-up, and that’s why I’m serious about a struggle like this.

“I acquired to maintain these youthful children of their place to point out them the place we’re. This isn’t any lower-level competitors. That is the best stage you may probably get in boxing.

“The time-frame wanted to arrange and promote a struggle like that wasn’t obtainable with the scheduling of DAZN  and Matchroom.

“I spoke to Eddie [Hearn]. My understanding is {that a} price range for that sort of struggle [against Regis Prograis]  takes much more to arrange and promote than the 4 or 5 weeks we needed to promote this struggle.

That’s why the struggle wasn’t achieved. It wasn’t that I didn’t wish to struggle him. It wasn’t that he didn’t wish to struggle me.

“We wish to struggle one another. However once you get within the enterprise behind it, it wasn’t in our management.

“The schedules have been booked, and there was solely a small window of a date that’s obtainable with 4 weeks to advertise.  If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not going to occur,” mentioned Mikey.

It’s difficult to see Sandor Martin as having any actual likelihood on this struggle, provided that he’s solely fought one midway first rate opponent in his profession in Anthony Yigit.

The difficulty is, Sandor misplaced to Yigit by a 12 spherical unanimous choice 4 years in the past in 2017, and since then, he’s fought no-name opposition in Spain. Sandor has gained his final 9 fights however in opposition to unknown second-tier opposition.

If that is an opponent that Eddie Hearn dug up for Mikey to struggle, you must marvel WHY he agreed to it. Going from combating Sandor to Regis Prograis is a MASSIVE leap up in competitors, and Sandor isn’t going to assist Mikey put together for the likes of Prograis.

If something, this may mess Mikey up as a result of he gained’t be able to struggle a expertise like Prograis. Sandor would put together Mikey to struggle Yigit, who was not too long ago blown out of the water by Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero in getting stopped within the seventh spherical final July. In the event you noticed that struggle, you’ll know what I’m speaking about. It didn’t even look sporting.

If Sandor had fought guys at Mikey’s stage previously and proven that he might compete with them, this struggle would make sense. However since Sandor has failed to do this, there’s no level in Mikey combating a man at this stage, particularly in the primary occasion on DAZN. Mikey vs. Sandor has mismatch written throughout it.

Sandor will probably be developing in weight from 140 to face Mikey on the 145-lb catchweight, making this struggle much more of a farce. If Mikey doesn’t wish to struggle at 140, he ought to face a real welterweight. One among these guys would have been splendid:

  • Abel Ramos
  • Josesito Lopez
  • David Avanesyan
  • Conor Benn
  • Amir Khan
  • Kell Brook
  • Egidijus Kavaliauskas
  • Mario Barrios
  • Daniyar Yeleussinov


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