Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido to wage war Jan 19

Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido to wage war Jan 19
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 10, 2013)

Mikey Garcia
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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