Mikey Garcia suffers shock defeat to Sandor Martin

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‘I believed I used to be in management,’ Mikey Garcia displays after his sudden loss to Sandor Martin. But the American star will want a rematch

SANDOR MARTIN pulled off a shock win over Mikey Garcia at Chukchansi Park in Fresno on Saturday night time.

Garcia is considered as one of many elite operators in world boxing at this time. The Californian afterall had solely misplaced as soon as earlier than, and that was to Errol Spence at welterweight, and he’s crushed an array of prime tier expertise at featherweight, super-featherweight, light-weight and super-lightweight.

But Martin (143½lbs) was not overawed by his fame. The Spanish southpaw moved off initially however might catch Garcia (144lbs) coming in together with his sharp backhand left.

Garcia nonetheless superior, linking pictures collectively, firing onerous left hooks to the pinnacle. But Martin pivoted away behind lead proper hook.

In the fifth spherical Garcia introduced in heavier pictures. Martin, a European champion earlier than, had not competed at this sort of degree beforehand. But he managed to increase his recreation.

Garcia nonetheless attacked vigorously within the ninth spherical, making an attempt to shake up Martin. But the person from Barcelona stood up to the assaults and completed the tenth and final spherical together with his again on the ropes however ripping in wonderful brief hooks, connecting with these punches.

Martin was the sudden winner on a majority resolution. Zachary Young had them degree at 95-95 after 10 rounds however each Carla Caiz and Fernando Villarreal scored it 97-93 to Martin.

“It’s the biggest moment of my career,” Martin stated afterwards. “I stated all alongside that I used to be going to do it, and I did it.

“I know myself, I know my ability. I’ve been fighting since I was five years old and always believed in myself.”

This loss upends Garcia’s future plans. He’ll need to rectify the end result with a rematch, maybe over the championship distance subsequent time.

“He fought a very good fight, with his boxing,” Garcia stated. “I believed I did what was obligatory to shut the hole, apply strain and search for a combat. He was the one transferring across the ring loads. He was trying to counter a couple of occasions however I used to be the one truly searching for a combat.

“He didn’t beat me up, I’m not bruised up or something. It was a aggressive combat, I believed I used to be successful the combat in a detailed matchup however the judges noticed it the opposite method round. I knew he was an excellent boxer. That’s why I stored coming ahead, however I knew I couldn’t be reckless, both.

“I still thought I did enough to win. He kept moving around the ring. The judges this time thought he was in control. I thought I was in control.”

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