Mikey Garcia believes Sandor Martin stands in his method of World title motion in 2022 because the four-weight World champion returns to motion on Saturday night time (October 16) at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, CA, dwell worldwide on DAZN.
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Garcia (40-1 30 KOs) makes a welcome return to motion in a catchweight conflict at 145lbs with Martin, because the Californian appears to land an attention-grabbing win to make use of as a springboard for mega-fights in 2022.
When Garcia steps by means of the ropes on the residence of the Fresno Grizzlies on Saturday night time, it will likely be 596 days since he noticed off the problem of Jessie Vargas in Frisco, Texas, in February 2020.
Martin (38-2 13 KOs) has been energetic over the pandemic, efficiently defending his European Tremendous-Light-weight title with a large choice win over Kay Prospere in Barcelona in April and beforehand shutting out Nestor Maradiaga over eight in Milan in December – and the southpaw Spaniard will probably be seeking to land a career-best win and catapult himself into rivalry for the fights that Garcia craves.
In his outing of the ring, Garcia was linked with fights with now-retired fashionable nice Manny Pacquiao and former 140lb champion Regis Prograis. Neither struggle got here to fruition, however Garcia is aware of that getting again into the ring and taking a look at his finest will see him show that he’s a ‘drive to be reckoned with’ and can land him a stellar struggle subsequent.
“It’s been a 12 months and a half since my final struggle, so I’m excited to get again in there,” mentioned Garcia. “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 need to pursue large fights, title fights, and be acknowledged as the most effective fighters on the earth as soon as once more. That is one other step in that course.
“I used to be serious about Manny and Regis, however we weren’t in a position to get these fights, and we landed on Sandor Martin, and he’s an excellent fighter. He’s a southpaw; he’s comparatively unknown in America, however folks know him worldwide and within the sport. He’s received an awesome document at 38-2; he’s hungry for a giant alternative like this and desires to capitalize on it.
“Sandor is aware of a win on Saturday would catapult his identify into the combo for the fights that I need. I don’t suppose it’s going to be a straightforward night time in any respect, however I’m planning on combating the perfect, Sandor Martin, and I’ll present all my expertise and present that I’m a drive to be reckoned with.
“I’ve skilled so many types in my profession; I’ve boxed a number of southpaws and sparred numerous lefties. He’s a difficult one, he makes use of his top and attain, so I have to be ready to beat these strengths he has – a superb jab, good straight left, his ring generalship is nice – so I want to have the ability to assault correctly but in addition be cautious in protection.
“I don’t expertise strain. Irrespective of who I struggle, I’m there to do my job, and that’s it – I’ve already received the struggle a number of instances in my head, and that’s it. You solely really feel strain in case you are not sure of your self, and I’ve by no means felt that, so I’m assured I’ll win and look good doing it.”
A stacked undercard in help of the primary occasion is led by WBO World Gentle-Flyweight king Elwin Soto (19-1 13 KOs), placing his crown on the road towards Jonathan Gonzalez (24-3-1 14 KOs) whereas San Antonio expertise Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez (13-0 9 KOs) clashes with Jose Alejandro Burgos (18-4-1 15 KOs).
There’s a lot extra younger expertise on the cardboard as unbeaten Australian Tremendous-Featherweight Brock Jarvis (19-0 17 KOs) fights underneath the Matchroom banner for the primary time towards Alejandro Frias Rodriguez (13-4-2 6 KOs), Marc Castro (3-0 3 KOs) fights in his hometown for the primary time as a professional, and Diego Pacheco (12-0 9 KOs), Nikita Ababiy (10-0 6 KOs) and Khalil Coe (1-0 1 KO) all trying so as to add wins to their spectacular begins within the professional recreation.