Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido to wage war Jan 19
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 10, 2013)
Undefeated Mikey Garcia steps up in class
January 19 when he faces determined WBO featherweight champion Orlando
Salido at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City .
The bout, along with two other championship fights will air on HBO’s Boxing after Dark series.
Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs ) is trained by his
brother, former featherweight champion (and perennial trainer of the
year candidate) Robert Garcia. The 26-year-old boxer-puncher is adapt at
firing crisp combinations. His power was showcased in his last fight
when he knocked Jonathon Barros flat with a perfect left hook.
Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs ) refuses to be
boring. The 32-year-old champion paid his dues the old-fashioned way.
Seven of his losses occurred before his 21st birthday. He captured the IBF featherweight strap in 2010, but lost it
to Yuriorkis Gamboa four months later. Salido has come out victorious in
his last five fights including two wars with Juan Manual Lopez (2012’s
Fight of the Year). Salido is an all action fighter. He’s aggressive and
forces the action. His forte is infighting.
To win Garcia needs to work behind his
jab and counter the brawling Salido. He should find some openings for
his heavy-handed hooks. Salido has to force the action and make things
very uncomfortable for the more versatile Garcia. The untested youngster
will stick to his game plan.
Salido proved in his two fights with Lopez that underestimating him is a
big mistake. Garcia won’t make that mistake. His youth and technique
should be enough to guide him to a hard fought victory.
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