Mikey Garcia vs. Sandor Martin this Saturday October 16 live on Dazn Boxing News 24
Through Sean Jones: Mikey Garcia will take part in his annual tune-up fight on Saturday October 16 against Sandor Martin at the DAZN Main Event at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, Calif.
It’s supposed to be a warm-up fight to prepare former four-division world champion Mikey (40-1, 30 Kos) for a quality opponent in 2022, but we’ll have to see if it turns out that way.
Mikey, 33, was previously scheduled to take on highly ranked 140-pounder Regis Prograis. Still, the money wouldn’t have been there to match the massive $ 7 million salary Garcia received for his last fight against Jessie Vargas in 2020.
It’s hard to justify Mikey receiving the same kind of money he received against Vargas, given the pandemic and the long, long period of inactivity.
When fighters have fought as infrequently as Mikey has for the past seven years, they disappear from the public eye and are forgotten by fans. I mean, it’s been many years since Mikey won a meaningful fight against a quality opponent.
You can’t think of Jessie Vargas as a meaningful fight because he’s down and hasn’t been relevant in the 147-pound division since he was beaten by Manny Pacquiao in 2016.
If last year was 2016, Mikey would have done well to select Vargas as his opponent. But with the way things were, it felt like a pick of Mikey picking Vargas, a fighter long past his prime and who boxing fans don’t talk about anymore.
28-year-old Spanish fighter Sandor Martin (38-2, 13 KOs) has fought an anonymous opposition in his home country for the past ten years and has done little to take his career to the next level .
Boxing fans won’t mind Mikey taking on yet another tune-up fight against little-known Spanish fighter Sandor Martin as long as his next fight against a living body.
With the pandemic underway, it is difficult to stage big fights for fighters who have caught a cycle of inertia, especially if they are looking for unrealistic handbags.
Mikey’s career could have been so advanced over the past seven years if he had made the right choices by staying at 135 to fight Vasily Lomachenko.
Aside from his one-sided loss to Errol Spence Jr. and the well-paid tune Mikey had against mountain veteran Jessie Vargas last year, he ended his career since 2018.
Mikey’s career has slowed down since 2019, he only fights once a year and doesn’t make the most of the little time he has left. He wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao, but the Filipino star chose to face the more active Yordenis Ugas for the final battle of his career.
Sandor Martin’s recent victories
- Kay Prosperous
- Nestor maradiaga
- Joe hughes
- Andrea Scarpa
- Sandro Hernandez
- Mauro Maximiliano Godoy
Sandor Martin lost to Anthony Yigit in 2017 and Alexandre Lepelley, which shows that he is not a great talent.
Mikey should win this fight with no problem, but he won’t get much credit from boxing fans in the United States. They’ve never heard of Sandor Martin, and they wonder why Mikey is fighting this guy.
DAZN endorsed it, which suggests they agree with Mikey continuing to tweak. If you’re like a network guy, you’re probably wondering when Mikey will start fighting quality opposition again.
Mikey cannot use the excuse of inactivity as a justification for facing a weak opponent like Sandor Martin.
Look at Tyson Fury. He hadn’t fought for 20 months and looked like an out of shape truck driver returning last Saturday night to stop Deontay Wilder on lap 11. If Fury was ready to fight a quality opponent after a year and a half of dismissal, Mikey should too.