Mikey Garcia is set to reclaim his place as one in all boxing largest stars.
The former four-division titleholder has been out of the ring since he outpointed Jessie Vargas in February of final 12 months, virtually 20 months in the past. He was a candidate to face Manny Pacquiao after which Regis Prograis in main fights within the meantime however neither bout materialized.
That leaves Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs) with a return combat in opposition to obscure Sandor Martin on Saturday in Fresno, California (DAZN). Well, it’s a begin.
“It’s been a year and a half since my last fight, so I am excited to get back in there,” Garcia stated. “I’m trying ahead to giving my followers an opportunity to see me once more, particularly right here in Cali. It’s my residence state however I haven’t fought a lot right here.
“I 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.”
Garcia is way faraway from his greatest days, when he plowed by a sequence of revered opponents – Orlando Salido, Juan Manuel Lopez, Roman Martinez, Adrien Broner, Robert Easter and extra – to win one title after one other in dominating trend.
That streak resulted in one disastrous combat, a shutout loss to Errol Spence Jr. in Garcia’s debut as a welterweight in March 2019. He rebounded to knock down and beat Vargas however he wasn’t perceived the identical.
Garcia gave the impression to be the main candidate to face Pacquiao, which might’ve offered the chance to instantaneously rise again to the highest. However, the Filipino opted to face Spence earlier than finally combating Yordenis Ugas when Spence suffered a watch damage in coaching.
And a possible assembly with Prograis by no means got here to fruition as a result of DAZN wasn’t prepared to fund the combat with out time to advertise correctly, Garcia stated.
That left him with Martin, a 28-year-old Spaniard who’s on a nine-fight profitable streak however has by no means confronted anybody close to Garcia’s potential and has fought solely in Europe. Plus, the resident of Barcelona might be shifting up from junior welterweight for the combat.
Still, Garcia sees Martin (38-2, 13 KOs) as a strong opponent.
“He is a very good fighter,” Garcia stated. “He’s a southpaw. He’s comparatively unknown in America, however worldwide and within the sport, folks know him. He’s acquired a terrific document at 38-2, he’s hungry for a giant alternative like this and desires to capitalize on it.
“Sandor knows a win on Saturday would catapult his name into the mix for the fights that I want. I don’t think it’s 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.”
Garcia in all probability gained’t have an excessive amount of bother with Martin. Then we’ll see whether or not he can get a giant combat.