Mikey Garcia: Three times a charm
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
January 9, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Coming off a spectacular fifth round TKO stoppage of his opponent on July 30, 2016 Mikey Garcia (35-0, 29 KOs) will be challenging for a third world championship as he faces current WBC lightweight champion Dejan Zlatičanin (22-0, 15 KOs). Garcia, a former two-time WBO world champion in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions, will be fighting for only the second time after having been away from the ring for over two years. In his last fight against former WBC World Featherweight Champion Elio Rojas (24-3, 14 KOs) he quickly shook off the ring rust and dominated Rojas from opening bell, knocking him down four times during the bout.
For this fight he will be facing an undefeated champion who many feel may be his biggest threat to date. Garcia shared his thoughts regarding his upcoming fight.
“I’m fighting for my third world title. My opponent is a tough champion. I know that he’s a southpaw and that he likes lets his hands go. I feel that I have the skills to defeat him. This fight is going to have lots of action. I’m ready to take on the very best in boxing and Zlaticanin is one of the best lightweights in the sport. I want to prove that I’m better than I was before and that I’m willing to fight anyone. The time off from boxing made me stronger and more competitive than ever.”
“Before I move up to 140lbs I want to face the other champions in my division and unify the belts. I’d like to fight Jorge Linares (41-3, 27 KOs/The Ring, WBA lightweight champion). I wanted to fight Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs/WBO lightweight champion) but I believe will he may be facing Felix Verdejo (22-0, 15 KOs) sometime soon. There are a lot of good fighters in my division and good fights that can be made in the future.”
Garcia continues to train at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy. With his brother Robert and father by his side he is planning to take his career in a different direction. Garcia isn’t signed to a major promoter but he has managed to find himself with a great opportunity to win another world title. He discussed his preparation for this fight and his reasoning for not signing with a major promotion company.
“Training has been great. We’ve been working with different sparring partners. We’ve been working with some really tough guys. My brother and my father have been by my side all the way. I’d love to fight in NYC again. I can’t wait to come back out there.”
“I want to build my own promotional brand. I plan to sit down with the right people and plan everything out the right way. Getting this fight means a lot to me. It allows me to expand my name. It’s an opportunity that wouldn’t exist without the support of Stephen Espinoza (Vice President, Showtime Sports) and Al Haymon (Premier Boxing Champions). It means a lot to have support from some of biggest names in boxing.”
“I enjoy working with people. I feel great that I can speak directly to people about what I want to take place with my career and not feel pressured. I feel more comfortable me speaking for myself. I don’t feel that it’s tiresome. I’m in full control of what I need and want to do with my career.”
The Garcia-Zlaticanin championship fight will be taking place on Saturday night, January 28, 2017, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be televised live on Showtime. Garcia-Zlaticanin is scheduled for twelve rounds in the lightweight division as the co-main event on the Showtime televised fight card. In the main event, Carl Frampton will defend his WBA Super World Featherweight Title in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.
Garcia expressed his eagerness to return back to the ring and give the fans the best fight possible.
“I’m looking forward to performing under the bright lights on a very big stage. I’m very appreciative of all my supporters. The last time I fought in Las Vegas was four years ago and all my fans, family, and friends traveled to see my fight. I expect the same support this time around. January 28 will be the beginning of a great year for Team Mikey Garcia. The best is yet to come.”
For continued support you can follow Garcia on:
Instagram: @teammikeygarcia or https://instagram.com/teammikeygarcia
Twitter: @MikeyGarcia or https://twitter.com/MikeyGarcia