Miguel "Mikey" Garcia undefeated featherweight World champion SIGNED boxing pose 8" x 10" photo.
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Miguel Ángel García Cortez (born December 15, 1987 in Ventura, California) is an undefeated Mexican American in the Featherweight division. García's the former WBO, and current Ring Magazine Featherweight Champion. Miguel Ángel is trained by his father Eduardo García and his brother, former World Champion Roberto García.
García's family comes from Panindicuaro, Michoacán, Mexico.
His father Eduardo García was an amateur boxer and trainer of World champion boxer Fernando Vargas at La Colonia Youth Boxing Club. His older brother Roberto García was a professional boxer and a former IBF Super Featherweight Champion who lost his belt to the late Diego Corrales. His oldest brother, Daniel, was also a boxer and is the former trainer of boxer Victor Ortíz.
Miguel Angel is a graduate of the Ventura County Police Academy. He's also been featured on ABC's show American Latino TV and he talked about balancing studies with the demands of boxing.
Miguel started his amateur career at the age of fourteen and beat the current Ring Magazine, WBC and WBA (Super) Light Welterweight Champion, Danny García. He went on to win gold medals at the 2004 National Junior Golden Gloves Championships and the 2005 National Police Athletic League Championships.
Professional Career - Featherweight
García is known as a patient fighter with good punching power, a natural right-hander who likes to switch to southpaw during some of his fights. He turned pro in 2006 and signed with Bob Arum's Top Rank.
In April 2010, Miguel Ángel beat the veteran Tomas Villa by T.K.O. in the first round, to win the USBA Featherweight Championship. He then beat Matt Remillard to win the WBO NABO Featherweight Championship. This would not only be the last boxing bout but also the last event Nick Charles would broadcast, Charles would die a few days later from cancer.
In his next fight HBO asked García to turn down a World title shot against Billy Dib to fight on the undercard of Julio César Chávez, Jr. vs Sebastian Zbik. After his win over Rafaël Guzmán, García sent his well wishes to Genaro Hernández who was struggling with cancer, Hernández would die a few days later. Months later he beat Juan Carlos Martinez in under four rounds at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
García vs Salido
Garcia's first major step up in competition came on January 19, 2013 against WBO Featherweight champion and Ring No. 1 ranked Featherweight, Orlando Salido. Garcia dominated the bout from the very beginning, keeping Salido at range with the jab. Garcia knocked Salido down four times early on in the fight, building up a large lead on the scorecards. During the 8th round, Salido accidentally clashed heads with Garcia, causing Garcia's nose to break. The fight was stopped between rounds, with the decision going to the scorecards.
Garcia won a wide unanimous decision, to win his first World title.
Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez
Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia floored Juan Manual Lopez twice and, despite losing his WBO featherweight title on the scales, pushed his unbeaten streak to 32 fights with a fourth-round technical knockout win.
Garcia vs Martine
Garcia challenged Puerto Rican WBO Super featherweight champion Rocky Martinez for Martinez's title on November 9, 2013 in his first fight since failing to make weight and having to relinquish his featherweight title. Garcia went down in the second round from a Martinez counter right hand. Garcia, however, recovered and dominated the rest of the fight before knocking out Martinez with a left hook to the body in the eighth round. The victory meant Garcia is the 130 lbs WBO champion.
Garcia vs Burgos
On January 25, 2014, Garcia made his first title defence against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Burgos at Madison Square Garden in New York City on HBO Boxing After Dark.
After being staggered in the second round, Garcia took control of the fight and won close to every round for the remainder of the bout. At the end of the fight, Garcia won via unanimous decision, improving to 34-0. In the post fight interview, Garcia called out Yuriorkis Gamboa for a potential fight.
Although in arbitration with his promoter, Garcia has expressed plans of returning to the ring under a new contract with Top Rank. He plans to move up to the Lightweight division for possible fights with either Yuriorkis Gamboa or Terence Crawford.
Summit for Brain Health
In February 2014, Garcia along with Bernard Hopkins and a few other athletes attended a summit at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the United States Capitol, in support of furthering research of preventing brain damage and other mental risk in competitive activity. The summit was comprised of speeches about preventing brain damage and research to aid already suffering victims.