Mikey Garcia: "I Have To Beat
Martin To Land Title Fights"
Mikey Garcia believes Sandor Martin stands in his way of
World title action in 2022 as the four-weight World champion
returns to action on Saturday night (October 16) at
Chukchansi Park in Fresno, CA, live worldwide on DAZN.
Garcia (40-1 30 KOs) makes a welcome return to action in a
catchweight clash at 145lbs with Martin, as the Californian
looks to land an eye-catching win to use as a springboard
for mega-fights in 2022.
When Garcia steps through the ropes at the home of the
Fresno Grizzlies on Saturday night, it will be 596 days
since the saw off the challenge of Jessie Vargas in Frisco,
Texas in February 2020.
Martin (38-2 13 KOs) has been active over the pandemic,
successfully defending his European Super-Lightweight title
with a wide decision win over Kay Prospere in Barcelona in
April and previously shutting out Nestor Maradiaga over
eight in Milan in December Ė and the southpaw Spaniard will
be looking to land a career-best win and catapult himself
into contention for the fights that Garcia craves.
In his time out of the ring Garcia was linked with fights
with now-retired modern great Manny Pacquiao and former
140lb champion Regis Prograis. Neither fight came to
fruition but Garcia knows that getting back into the ring
and looking at his best will see him prove that heís a
Ďforce to be reckoned withí and will land him a stellar
ďItís been a year and a half since my last fight, so I am
excited to get back in there,Ē said Garcia. ďI am looking
forward to giving my fans a chance to see me again,
especially here in Cali, itís my home state but I havenít
fought much here.
ďI want to pursue big fights, title fights, and be
recognized as one of the best fighters in the world once
again. This is another step in that direction.
ďI was interested in Manny and Regis, but we werenít able to
get those fights and we landed on Sandor Martin, and he is a
very good fighter. Heís a southpaw, heís relatively unknown
in America but worldwide and in the sport, people know him.
Heís got a great record at 38-2, heís hungry for a big
opportunity like this and wants to capitalize on it.
ďSandor knows a win on Saturday would catapult his name into
the mix for the fights that I want. I donít think itís going
to be an easy night at all, but I am planning on fighting
the very best Sandor Martin and I am going to show all my
skills and show that I am a force to be reckoned with.
ďIíve experienced so many styles in my career, Iíve boxed
several southpaws and sparred countless lefties. Heís a
tricky one, he uses his height and reach, so I must be
prepared to overcome those strengths he has - a good jab,
good straight left, his ring generalship is good - so I need
to be able to attack properly but also be wary in defense.
ďI donít experience pressure. No matter who I fight I am
there to do my job and thatís it - I have already won the
fight multiple times in my head and thatís it. You only feel
pressure if you are unsure of yourself and Iíve never felt
that, so I am confident I will win and look good doing it.Ē
A stacked undercard in support of the main event is led by
WBO World Light-Flyweight king Elwin Soto (19-1 13 KOs)
putting his crown on the line against Jonathan Gonzalez
(24-3-1 14 KOs) while San Antonio talent Jesse ĎBamí
Rodriguez (13-0 9 KOs) clashes with Jose Alejandro Burgos
(18-4-1 15 KOs).
There's plenty more young talent on the card as unbeaten
Australian Super-Featherweight Brock Jarvis (19-0 17 KOs)
fights under the Matchroom banner for the first time against
Alejandro Frias Rodriguez (13-4-2 6 KOs), Marc Castro (3-0 3
KOs) fights in his hometown for the first time as a pro, and
Diego Pacheco (12-0 9 KOs), Nikita Ababiy (10-0 6 KOs) and
Khalil Coe (1-0 1 KO) all looking to add wins to their
impressive starts in the pro game.