Sandor Martin upsets Mikey Garcia in stunner

Mikey Garcia hadn’t battled in almost 2 years prior to entering the ring for what was viewed as a tune-up battle Saturday in Fresno, California, versus Sandor Martin.

However for the 2nd time in his last 3 battles, Garcia was completely outboxed and decreased to beat. He lost a bulk choice Saturday, as judge Zachary Young scored it 95-95, however judges Carla Caiz and Fernando Villareal saw it 97-93 each for Martin. Yahoo Sports had it 96-94 for Martin.

The last time Garcia lost, it was on March 16, 2019, in Arlington, Texas, in a greatly hyped bout in between unbeaten stars when he was blanked by Errol Spence Jr.

Spence is now and was then among the video game’s super stars, and it wasn’t completely unanticipated that he’d beat Garcia.

However it was a stunner on Saturday when Martin pulled it off at Chukchansi Park. He outboxed Garcia from the start, countering successfully and providing Garcia fits with his motion and his angles.

“It’s the biggest moment of my career,” stated Martin, who went into the welterweight bout with a 38-2 mark however not a single significant win. “I always said I was going to do it and I’ve done it.”

He did it by managing his feelings, staying with the tactical plan, boxing masterfully and never ever permitting himself to leave the minute.

Garcia is a four-division champ who has long been considered among the very best fighters worldwide, no matter weight. He had actually been connected to a variety of huge battles considering that his last trip, a choice over Jessie Vargas in Frisco, Texas, on Feb. 29, 2020.

However Martin battled with the grace and the ability of a veteran and he methodically selected Garcia apart.

“I know myself and I know my capabilities,” Martin stated. “I’ve been doing this since I was 5 years old. I said I was going to do this, to go out and beat the best fighters in the world, and that’s what I’ve done.

“I knew I had to frustrate him. He’s a complete boxer. He’s not a natural 140-145 pounder and so we had to use that to our advantage.

Garcia always seemed a half-step slow and his body language gave off an appearance of acceptance as Martin was outworking him.

Garcia said his layoff didn’t impact him and said he thought he’d won the fight.

“I’m fine. I’m not bruised up and he didn’t put a beating on me,” Garcia stated. “It was a good fight, a competitive fight. I thought I was winning the fight in a close match-up, but as I said, the judges saw it the other way around.

“No, [I didn’t underestimate him], not at all. I knew he was a very good boxer. I’ve seen some of his films. I knew he could box. That’s why I kept being the aggressor, coming forward, but I couldn’t be reckless, either, because he was looking for those counters. I still believe I did enough to win the rounds, seeing as I was the aggressor [who was] looking for the fight.”

Garcia stated he would like a rematch, one that goes 12 rounds and not 10 as it did Saturday. Martin stated Garcia had actually provided him a chance so he’d manage Garcia the exact same courtesy.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.