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
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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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is García and the second or maternal family name is Cortez.
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
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 (Mikey) 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] Garcia is currently ranked number one by Boxrec and number two by The Ring Magazine and ESPN.com in the Super Featherweight division.

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

Early life and Education[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. In 2003, he won a silver medal at the National Junior Olympic Championships in the 125 lb division. In 2004, he won a gold medal at the National Junior Golden Gloves Championships and a silver medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships, both in the 132 lb division. In 2005, he won a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves Championships and a gold medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships, both in the 132 lb division.[11]

Amateur highlights[edit]

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]

Garcia vs. Burgos[edit]

On January 25, 2014, Garcia made his first title defense against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Burgos at Madison Square Garden in New York City on HBO Boxing After Dark. After being staggered in the second round, Garcia took control of the fight and won close to every round for the remainder of the bout. At the end of the fight, Garcia won via unanimous decision, improving to 34-0. In the post fight interview, Garcia called out Yuriorkis Gamboa for a potential fight.

Future Plans[edit]

Although in arbitration with his promoter, Garcia has expressed plans of returning to the ring under a new contract with Top Rank. He plans to move up to the Lightweight division for possible fights with either Yuriorkis Gamboa or Terence Crawford.

Summit for Brain Health[edit]

In February 2014, Garcia along with Bernard Hopkins and a few other athletes attended a summit at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the United States Capitol, in support of furthering research of preventing brain damage and other mental risk in competitive activity. The summit consisted of speeches about preventing brain damage and research to aid already suffering victims.

Professional record[edit]

34 Wins (28 knockouts), 0 Losses, 0 Draw
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocation'Notes
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.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Filmography[edit]

Television Series
YearSeriesRoleNotes
2010American Latino TVHimselfDocumentary
20132 Days: Mikey GarciaHimselfDocumentary
201324/7:Pacquiao/RiosHimselfDocumentary
2014All Access: Maywather vs. MaidanaHimselfDocumentary
2014All Access: Maywather vs. Maidana IIHimselfDocumentary

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. ^ "Miguel Angel Garcia Vs Tomas Villa". Fightwriter.com. 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Garcia dethrones Salido, becomes new Sheriff at 126 pounds - Ring TV". Ringtv.craveonline.com. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Eduardo Garcia (boxer) - Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia". Boxrec.com. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  6. ^ Iole, Kevin (2013-06-14). "Mikey Garcia’s body ‘shuts down,’ he misses weight and drops his featherweight title at the scales | Boxing Experts Blog - Yahoo Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Fernando Vargas". CNN. 1994-07-18. 
  8. ^ "Sub Lead - Breakout Year for 'Mikey' Garcia?". Max Boxing. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  9. ^ Velin, Bob (2010-01-17). "Mikey Garcia goes from police academy to the prize ring". USA Today. 
  10. ^ "Boxing News | Q&A: Miguel “Mikey” Garcia". Fightnews.com. 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  11. ^ "Miguel Angel Garcia featured on ABC's American Latino TV » Ventura County Star". Vcstar.com. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  12. ^ "Miguel Garcia - Fighters – Top Rank Boxing". Toprank.com. 2010-01-09. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  13. ^ "Mikey Garcia, Mike Alvarado Swift And Emphatic In Texas - Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  14. ^ "Boxing Announcer Nick Charles Calls His Final Fight - TVNewser". Mediabistro.com. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  15. ^ Garcia to take on Beltran Jr. on Chavez / Zbik card. "Garcia to take on Beltran Jr. on Chavez / Zbik card | Boxing News - Boxing, UFC and MMA News, Fight Results, Schedule, Rankings, Videos and More". 15rounds.com. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  16. ^ "Sub Lead - A Step Backward, a Step Forward for Garcia". Max Boxing. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  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 – November 09, 2013
Incumbent
Preceded by
Roman Martinez
WBO Super Featherweight Champion
November 09, 2013 – present
Incumbent