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Q&A: Garcia ready for MSG, spotlight, Salido
Mikey Garcia on WBO featherweight titleholder Orlando Salido: "This is not just a title fight, but it's the fight against the man who is the top dog in my division, and the man to beat in my division."
LAS VEGAS -- RingTV.com caught up to unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia in advance of what could be a career-defining fight against Mexican WBO beltholder Orlando Salido on Jan. 19 at New York's Madison Square Garden.
An Oxnard, Calif., resident who turned 25 on Dec. 15, Garcia (30-0, 26 knockouts) is slated to face Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs) in an HBO-televised main event whose undercard will feature a defense by Kazakhstan-born WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin against Gabriel Rosado.
Salido will represent the toughest task yet for Garcia, having stopped his past five opponents, including knockouts of southpaw ex-titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez in the eighth and 10th rounds in April of last year and March, respectively.
Last month, Garcia scored his eighth consecutive stoppage victory over Argentina's rugged former titleholder Jonathan Victor Barros (34-4-1, 18 KOs) in the eighth round of an HBO-televised bout.
Barros was knocked out for the first time in his career after having lost his previous fight by unanimous decision to IBF junior lightweight titleholder Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in August.
In addition, Barros had split route-going bouts with former beltholder Celestino Caballero and gone the distance with unbeaten former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa, a Cuban Olympic gold medalist.
But Garcia had endured a period of frustration during which potential high-profile bouts with Caballero, Salido, Lopez and even IBF beltholder Billy Dib failed to materialize.
The Barros fight, for example, happened after Salido suffered an injury to an index finger that forced the postponement of his defense against Garcia that was slated for Nov. 10.
Garcia shared his thoughts on his big opportunity against Salido while also expressing confidence as he enters the fight.
RingTV.com: What did you learn in your last fight?
RingTV.com: What are your thoughts on being in the main event at Madison Square Garden?
RingTV.com: Is the opportunity of your lifetime?
So we figured what better way to land in the top spot than to take out the best guy in the division. That's why we took this fight, and we're excited that this is happening and that it's finally here.
RingTV.com: How do you see your style meshing with that of Salido?
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