Miguel Ángel García (boxer)

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Miguel Ángel García
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García at the event supporting brain health study at the United States Capitol in February 2014
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Real nameMiguel Ángel García Cortez
Nickname(s)Mikey
Rated atFeatherweight
Super Featherweight
Lightweight
Height5 ft 7 in (172 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1987-12-15) December 15, 1987 (age 26)
Ventura, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights34
Wins34
Wins by KO28
Losses0
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Miguel Ángel García
Miguel Ángel García, Feb. 2014 (1).jpg
García at the event supporting brain health study at the United States Capitol in February 2014
Statistics
Real nameMiguel Ángel García Cortez
Nickname(s)Mikey
Rated atFeatherweight
Super Featherweight
Lightweight
Height5 ft 7 in (172 cm)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1987-12-15) December 15, 1987 (age 26)
Ventura, California
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights34
Wins34
Wins by KO28
Losses0
Draws0
No contests0

Miguel Ángel García Cortez (born December 15, 1987 in Ventura, California) is an undefeated Mexican American professional boxer in the Super Featherweight division.[1][2] García is the former Ring Magazine, WBO Featherweight and current WBO Super Featherweight Champion.[3]

Miguel Ángel is trained by his father Eduardo García and his brother, former World Champion Roberto García.[4][5][6]

Early life[edit]

His father Eduardo García was an amateur boxer and Trainer of world champion boxer Fernando Vargas at La Colonia Youth Boxing Club.[7] His older brother Roberto García was a professional boxer and a former IBF Super Featherweight Champion who lost his belt to the late Diego Corrales. His oldest brother, Daniel, was also a boxer and is the former trainer of boxer Victor Ortíz.[8]

Miguel Angel is a graduate of the Ventura County Police Academy.[9] He's also been featured on ABC's show American Latino TV and he talked about balancing studies with the demands of boxing.[10]

Amateur career[edit]

Miguel started his amateur career at the age of fourteen and has a win over the current Ring Magazine, WBC and WBA (Super) Light Welterweight Champion, Danny García. He went on to win gold medals at the 2004 National Junior Golden Gloves Championships and the 2005 National Police Athletic League Championships.[11]

Professional career[edit]

Featherweight[edit]

García is known as a patient fighter with good punching power, a natural right-hander who likes to switch to southpaw during some of his fights. He turned pro in 2006 and signed with Bob Arum's Top Rank.[12]

In April 2010, Miguel Ángel beat the veteran Tomas Villa by T.K.O. in the first round, to win the USBA Featherweight Championship.[13] He then beat Matt Remillard to win the WBO NABO Featherweight Championship. This would not only be the last boxing bout but also the last event Nick Charles would broadcast, Charles would die a few days later from cancer.[14]

In his next fight HBO asked García to turn down a world title shot against Billy Dib to fight on the undercard of Julio César Chávez, Jr. vs. Sebastian Zbik. After his win over Rafaël Guzmán, García sent his well wishes to Genaro Hernández who was struggling with cancer, Hernández would die a few days later.[15] Months later he beat Juan Carlos Martinez in under four rounds at the Madison Square Garden in New York.[16]

García vs. Salido[edit]

Garcia's first major step up in competition came on January 19, 2013 against WBO Featherweight champion and Ring No. 1 ranked Featherweight, Orlando Salido. Garcia dominated the bout from the very beginning, keeping Salido at range with the jab. Garcia knocked Salido down four times early on in the fight, building up a large lead on the scorecards. During the 8th round, Salido accidentally clashed heads with Garcia, causing Garcia's nose to break. The fight was stopped between rounds, with the decision going to the scorecards. Garcia won a wide unanimous decision, to win his first world title.[17]

Garcia vs Lopez[edit]

Garcia was scheduled to make his first title defense against Juan Manuel Lopez in Dallas on June 15, 2013. Garcia failed to make 126 lb weight limit coming in two pounds overweight. He was stripped of the title. The fight went ahead after Garcia paid Lopez a penalty of $150,000 for missing weight. Garcia won the fight with a fourth round knockout.[18]

Super Featherweight[edit]

Garcia vs. Martinez[edit]

Garcia challenged Puerto Rican WBO Super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez for Martinez's title on November 9, 2013 in his first fight since failing to make weight and having to relinquish his featherweight title. Garcia went down in the second round from a Martinez counter right hand. Garcia, however, recovered and dominated the rest of the fight before knocking out Martinez with a left hook to the body in the eighth round. The victory meant Garcia is the 130 lbs WBO champion.[19]

Lightweight[edit]

Garcia vs. Gamboa[edit]

Garcia will face interim WBA Lightweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa for his title on May 17, 2014 in his first fight in the lightweight division at The Forum in Inglewood, California, USA.

Professional record[edit]

34 Wins (28 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draw
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocation'Notes
N/AN/ACuba Yuriorkis GamboaN/A- (12)2014-05-17United States The Forum, Inglewood, California USAFor interim WBA Lightweight title.
Win34–0Mexico Juan Carlos BurgosUD122014-01-25United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained WBO Super featherweight title.
Win33–0Puerto Rico Roman MartinezKO8 (12), 0:562013-11-09United States American Bank Center Corpus Christi, TexasWon WBO Super featherweight title.
Win32–0Puerto Rico Juan Manuel LopezTKO4 (12)2013-06-15United States American Airlines Center in Texas, United StatesRetained the Ring Magazine Featherweight Title.
Garcia stripped of WBO featherweight title for failing to make weight.
Win31–0Mexico Orlando SalidoTD8 (12)2013-01-19United States Madison Square Garden in New York, United StatesWon the WBO & the Ring Magazine Featherweight Titles.
Win30–0Argentina Jonathan Victor BarrosTKO8 (10), (2:24)2012-11-10United States Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win29–0Colombia Mauricio PastranaKO2 (10), (1:05)2012-09-01Mexico Arena TKT Box Tour in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Win28–0Philippines Bernabe ConcepcionTKO7 (10), (2:33)2012-03-10Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto RicoWBO Featherweight Title Eliminator.
Win27–0Mexico Juan Carlos MartinezTKO4 (10), (2:40)2011-10-22United States Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, United StatesRetained his NABF Featherweight Title.
Win26–0Mexico Rafaël GuzmánKO4 (12), (1:55)2011-06-04United States Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, United StatesRetained his NABF and the WBO NABO Featherweight Titles.
Win25–0United States Matt RemillardRTD10 (12), (3:00)2011-03-26United States Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United StatesWon the NABF and the WBO NABO Featherweight Titles.
Win24–0Cameroon Olivier LontchiKO5 (10), (1:30)2010-12-04United States Honda Center in Anaheim, California, United States
Win23–0United States Cornelius LockTKO11 (12), (1:09)2010-08-14United States Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas, United StatesIBF Featherweight Title Eliminator.
Win22–0Mexico Pedro NavarreteUD82010-05-08Mexico Plaza Monumental in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Win21–0Mexico Tomas VillaTKO1 (12), (1:07)2010-04-03United States American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, United StatesWon the USBA Featherweight title.
Win20–0Mexico Arturo GomezTKO5 (8), (2:35)2010-01-30United States Restaurante Arroyo in Distrito Federal, Mexico
Win19–0Colombia Yogli HerreraKO3 (8), (2:19)2009-12-19United States Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Win18–0United States Carlos RiveraTKO7 (10), (0:40)2009-08-29United States QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
Win17–0Kenya Anthony NapunyiTKO3 (10), (1:04)2009-05-16United States Buffalo Bill's Star Arena in Primm, Nevada, United States
Win16–0Puerto Rico Lucian GonzalezRTD5 (8), (3:00)2009-02-06United States Maywood Activity Center in Maywood, California, United States
Win15–0Colombia Walter EstradaUD82008-10-31United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win14–0Mexico Jose HernandezTKO8 (8), (0:24)2008-08-02United States Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win13–0South Korea Jae-Sung LeeTKO4 (8), (1:14)2008-06-26United States Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win12–0Mexico Robinson CastellanosTKO5 (?), (0:11)2008-05-17Mexico Plaza Monumental in Aguascalientes, Mexico
Win11–0Cuba Jorge RuizTKO5 (6), (1:35)2008-02-16United States MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win10–0Mexico Manuel SarabiaUD62007-09-20United States Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas, California, United States
Win9–0United States Reggie SandersKO3 (6), (2:23)2007-07-13United States Congress Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win8–0United States Carlos ZambranoTKO2 (6), (2:45)2007-05-25United States Isleta Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win7–0United States Steve TrumbleTKO2 (6), (2:30)2007-04-27United States Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston, Texas, United States
Win6–0Mexico Gabriel RangelTKO2 (4), (1:56)2007-03-09United States Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, United States
Win5–0United States Frankie MartinezTKO2 (4), (1:51)2007-01-19United States Dodge Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win4–0United States Baladan TrevizoKO1 (?), (2:18)2006-12-08United States Florentine Gardens in El Monte, California, United States
Win3–0United States Mario FrancoKO2 (4), (0:52)2006-09-29United States Performing Arts Center in Oxnard, California, United States
Win2–0United States Andrew GanniganKO1 (4), (2:19)2006-08-12United States Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win1–0Mexico Herrera MendozaUD42006-07-14United States Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California, United StatesGarcia's Professional Debut.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Garcia grateful with Top Rank". Ringtv.com. 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  2. ^ "Passion to Go with Garcia’s Precision". MaxBoxing.com. 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.fightwriter.com/?q=node/2651
  4. ^ http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/176941-garcia
  5. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Eduardo_Garcia_(boxer)
  6. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/boxing/mikey-garcia-body-shuts-down-misses-weight-drops-191046803.html
  7. ^ "Fernando Vargas". CNN. 1994-07-18. 
  8. ^ http://www.maxboxing.com/news/sub-lead/breakout-year-for-mikey-garcia
  9. ^ Velin, Bob (2010-01-17). "Mikey Garcia goes from police academy to the prize ring". USA Today. 
  10. ^ http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/qa-miguel-%E2%80%9Cmikey%E2%80%9D-garcia-47580
  11. ^ http://www.vcstar.com/news/2008/apr/20/miguel-angel-garcia-featured-on-abcs-american-tv/
  12. ^ http://www.toprank.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPID=73995&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=23700&ATCLID=204918569&Q_SEASON=2010
  13. ^ http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=26610
  14. ^ http://www.mediabistro.com/sportsnewser/boxing-announcer-nick-charles-calls-his-final-fight_b7104
  15. ^ http://www.15rounds.com/garcia-to-take-on-beltran-jr-on-chavez-zbik-card-051211/
  16. ^ http://www.maxboxing.com/news/sub-lead/a-step-backward-a-step-forward-for-garcia
  17. ^ Dan Rafael (January 20, 2013). "Garcia banged, but brutalizes Salido". ESPN. 
  18. ^ Eric Raskin (June 16, 2013). "Cool, calm, concussive: Garcia and Crawford stay perfect with KOs". HBO Boxing. 
  19. ^ Scott Christ (November 9, 2013). "Martinez vs Garcia results: Mikey Garcia adds 130 pound title with body shot KO". Bad Left Hook. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Orlando Salido
WBO Featherweight Champion
January 19, 2013 – June 14, 2013
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Orlando Salido
Preceded by
Manny Pacquiao
Vacated
The Ring Featherweight Champion
January 19, 2013 – present
Vacant