- By Miguel Maravilla Photos by Scott Hirano
Mikey Garcia: This is a Good Fight for my Career
Three-division world champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) of Moreno Valley by way of Oxnard, California is set for his biggest challenge to date when he takes on four-division champion Cincinnati's Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs). Garcia will square off with Broner on Saturday July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime Championship Boxing on Showtime.
"This is a good fight for my career," Mikey Garcia told Southern California Boxing.com "This fight is huge and important. With a win this can launch my career to another level,"
Already in the opening phases of his camp Garcia as always is surrounded by family with his brother Robert and father Eduardo Garcia, training at their farm stable in Moreno Valley, California as they prepare for Broner.
"We have been training for several weeks and have been doing sparring sessions just to be active but soon we will begin the intense sparring so we are happy how things are going,"
"We’re getting ready for the best Adrien Broner possible," Robert Garcia told Southern California Boxing.com "Mikey will come into this fight one-hundred percent ready,"
The "Problem" Broner has had his issues outside the ring as he is coming off a questionable decision win over Adrian Granados this past February. There is also speculation that Broner going into that fight was dealing with hand issues.
"Broner is a very good fighter. He has great skills, speed, power, counter punch, footwork he has it all. Depending on which Adrien Broner shows up. Lets see what kind of fight we have," Garcia said. "I heard he was hurt in his last fight, that his hand was hurting but Granados is a tough guy. Granados came to win and fight, he fought his heart out and definitely made it hard for Adrien,"
"Broner is a great fighter and I know what skills he brings. This is do or die for him, so he’s taking it seriously. I think we’re going to see a great Adrien Broner. When Mikey beats him, I want Mikey to get the credit for beating a great fighter," Robert Garcia said.
Garcia scored a devastating knockout over previously undefeated Dejan Zlaticanin in opening the year. Winning the WBC lightweight title in his second fight back since his long 2 year layoff. .
"I was happy. My opponent had never been knocked down and he was an undefeated world champion. It was my happiest time because what we had been through and we came back,"
Mikey coming into this fight is a 5 to 1 betting favorite as Broner was not to pleased by that at Tuesday's press conference in LA.
"5/1, Shit!" Broner said as he followed up with more remarks. "After I am done fucking him up we still cool but I am coming to fuck him up,"
When Garcia was asked about Broner's comments and behavior, Garcia replied,"Broner always talks, sings, and dances into the ring but it don't do or mean anything inside that ring. It just makes good show and promotion."
For this fight Garcia will be moving up to super lightweight limit of 140 pounds. For the time being since Broner did not comply and make weight going into his last fight with Granados. The question now will be, if Garcia will still have the same punching power going into his fourth weight class after he won titles and walked over everyone at 126, 130, and 135.
"I feel, if I land a good punch, I will hurt him," Garcia said.
Garcia vs. Broner will be a scheduled 12 round super lightweight bout as it will headline the Showtime Championship Boxing telecast.
"It's going to be a fight fans will enjoy. You will see me perform at another level and I hope Adrien is at his fullest because that will allow me to bring my A-game," Garcia said.
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