Juan Carlos Burgos has come up short in two previous world title shots but the 26-year-old junior lightweight contender enters his WBO title bout with heavily favored Mikey Garcia on Saturday with more strength, confidence and his original trainer.
Featherweight standout Mikey Garcia made his junior lightweight debut a successful one by getting up from an early knockdown and dominating Rocky Martinez to an eighth-round KO on Saturday in Corpus Christi, Texas. In the co-featured bout of the show, Nonito Donaire scored a come-from-behind ninth-round stoppage of old rival Vic Darchinyan.
The fighters line up for this weekend’s show in Texas, which will include Nonito Donaire-Vic Darchinyan, Roman Martinez-Mikey Garcia, and Demetrius Andrade-Vanes Martirosyan. Photos by Chris Farina-Top Rank.
RING featherweight champ Mikey Garcia answered his fans’ questions about moving up to the 130-pound division to face WBO titleholder Rocky Martinez and future showdowns with Cuban stars Guillermo Rigondeaux and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Garcia, however, is focused on Martinez, who he expects to give him a hard fight.
Mikey Garcia discussed his techinical yet hard-hitting boxing style on an HBO-produced video for the Boxing After Dark series. “It’s exciting for the fans to watch me… I’m a very technical fighter, but with a lot of power behind my punches.”
Junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade on Saturday’s bout with fellow contender Vanes Martirosyan: “I am going to beat him down for three minutes of every round. I am going to make a statement that I’m the best 154-pound fighter in the world.”
Reigning RING featherweight champ Mikey Garcia will be the guest of the next REAL TALK video feature. Fans of the undefeated Oxnard, Calif. native can ask him questions about his Nov. 9 challenge to Puerto Rico’s WBO 130-pound titleholder Rocky Martinez.
Shots of all the combatants who will take part in Saturday’s card in Macau, including star attraction Zou Shiming in his pro debut, flyweights Brian Viloria and Juan Francisco Estrada, and junior lightweights Rocky Martinez and Diego Magdaleno.
Mikey Garcia, Orlando Salido, Gennady Golovkin, Gabriel Rosado, Rocky Martinez and JC Burgos at the final press conference for the Jan. 19 show at Madison Square Garden.