Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Knockout artist Miguel “Mikey” Garcia added another stoppage victory to his resume as he thrice floored resilient Mexican, Juan Carlos Martinez, in a fourth round technical knockout triumph at the WaMu Theater, Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, October 22. An undefeated prizefighter, Garcia has proven time and again that all he needs to do is find the range and he can end a fight at any time. A world title shot surely beckons…
Judges verdict: Garcia by way of fourth round TKO.
One of the most exciting featherweights in world boxing, Miguel Mikey Garcia – who fights out of the boxing hotbed that is Oxnard, California – defended his NABF belt at 126lbs against Juan Carlos Martinez, a journeyman from San Luis Potosi, Mexico who is better than his record suggests.
Garcia traditionally starts at a slow pace as he assesses his opponent, the strength, the speed and posturing. A cerebral boxer, Mikey works patiently behind his orthodox jab and owns an exquisite defence that has been penetrated only rarely. As early as round one Garcia showed Martinez who was boss with an accurate one-two combination that he executed to perfection against the late Rafael Guzman in his last bout, in June.
Displaying exceptional footwork, Garcia rotates ever so slightly in a clockwise fashion around the ring. Martinez, though, was beginning to find his groove as he stayed at long range – in an effort to avoid Garcia’s huge right hand – and unleashed his own jab. He wasn’t able to keep Garcia off him for long, though, as Garcia crashed a right cross into Martinez’s face with a thud that reverberated around the Theater and drew gasps from the New York masses.
By the start of round three, Garcia was sporting swelling under his left eye due to an accidental coming together of heads. Whilst Martinez consistently acted like the more active prizefighter, it is important to remember when scoring a fight that effective aggression constitutes a large portion of whom won each round. When it comes to Garcia, he was throwing less but the shots he dispensed were far, far heavier and with just 20 seconds remaining on the round clock, that one punch power was highlighted as Martinez was floored with a punishing left hook.
Boxing with a classic stance, Garcia tucks his chin in, keeps his gloves up and, when not throwing, keeps a stiff guard in order to provide a shield against the numerous shots from Martinez. With a swelling that was blackening and growing into his eye, Garcia fought with more urgency and sent Martinez crashing to the canvas twice in round four – both of which caused by an accumulation of punches, as opposed to singular blows.
Showing tremendous finishing ability, Mikey sent heavy shot after heavy shot into Martinez’s skull until the referee was forced to intervene and call an end to the fight, thus signifying a fourth round technical knockout for Garcia. With victory, Garcia enhanced his already incredible reputation further, retained possession of his regional title and saw his record jump to 27-0-0, 23ko. Martinez, meanwhile, dropped to 19-13-1, 9ko.