Robert Garcia former IBF super featherweight World champion and current leading sought after trainer SIGNED & INSCRIBED "World Champ" promotional 8" x 10" photo.
Roberto García Cortez (born January 29, 1975) is a retired Mexican-American in the Lightweight division. García is the former IBF Super Featherweight Champion and the current Trainer of the Year in boxing.
Roberto was trained by his father Eduardo García at the popular La Colonia Youth Boxing Club and is the older brother of Miguel Ángel García, the WBO, and Ring Magazine Featherweight Champion.
Born in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, Garcia grew up and still resides in Oxnard, California. He trained World champions with his Father at La Colonia Boxing Club.
Garcia had an extensive amateur career, which included a fight with future Olympic Gold Medallist Oscar De La Hoya.
Known as "Grandpa", García won his pro debut against Tsutomu Hitono at the International Center in Fukuoka, Japan. He accumulated a record of 20–0, which included a win against future champion Derrick Gainer, before challenging for his first regional title.
NABF Super Featherweight Championship
In 1995 he took down the previously unbeaten American Julian Wheeler to win his first belt, the NABF Super Featherweight Championship. Garcia successfully defended his Championship just three months later against Francisco Segura.
NABF Featherweight Championship
At the Miami Arena, Garcia would move down to Featherweight and beat Darryl Pinckney to win the NABF Featherweight Championship.
IBF Super Featherweight Championship
On March 13, 1998 a then undefeated García (29–0) captured the vacant IBF Super Featherweight Championship with a unanimous decision win over Harold Warren. In his first title defense he knocked out Cuban Ramon Ledon at the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Garcia's next fight was against two-time World Champion, Puerto Rico's John John Molina. García defeated Molina over twelve rounds, that fight card also featured Mike Tyson, Zab Judah, and Fres Oquendo.
He lost the belt in an upset to rising undefeated Mexican American phenom Diego Corrales. After a win over title contender Sandro Marcos he moved back up in the World rankings.
WBA Super Featherweight Championship
In January 2001, he earned a shot at the undefeated WBA Super Featherweight champion Joel Casamayor. Casamayor won the fight and Garcia retired shortly after beating veteran John Trigg by knockout.
Garcia formally worked as a trainer at La Colonia Gym in Oxnard, California. Notable fighters who have trained under Garcia include Nonito Donaire. Most recently he opened his own boxing gym named Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California.
Notable Boxers Trained
*Miguel Ángel García, the current WBO, and Ring Magazine Featherweight Champion.
*Fernando Vargas, a former two-time World Light Middleweight Champion.
*Brandon Ríos, a former WBA World Lightweight Champion.
*Steven Luevano, a former WBO World Featherweight Champion and made five successful defences.
*Nonito Donaire, a four division World Champion and current Ring Magazine pound for pound fighter.
*Evgeny Gradovich, the current undefeated IBF Featherweight Champion.
*Kelly Pavlik, a former Lineal Middleweight Champion.
*Marcos René Maidana, a former WBA Welterweight Champion and former WBA Light Welterweight champion.
*Antonio Margarito, a former two-time World Welterweight Champion.
*Hernán Márquez, the current WBA World Flyweight Champion.
*Marco Antonio Rubio, the current WBF World Super Middleweight Champion.
*Mia St. John, a , former WIBA, WIBF Lightweight, and WBC Light Middleweight, Champion.
*Brian Viloria, a former WBC and IBF Light Flyweight Champion.
*Joan Guzmán, a former two divisions WBO World Champion.
*Jesus Cuellar, the current WBA Fedelatin Featherweight Champion.
*Javier García Calderón, a Lightweight prospect.
*David García, a Welterweight prospect.
*Irving García, a Lightweight prospect.
*Felipe Campa, a former WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Champion.
*Andrew Ruiz, an undefeated Light Welterweight prospect.
*Erik Ruiz, a Super Bantamweight prospect.
*Saúl Rodríguez, an undefeated Super Featherweight prospect.
*Hanzel Martínez, a Bantamweight prospect and the brother in law of Antonio Margarito.
*Herbert Acevedo, a Lightweight prospect.
*Marcos Reyes, a Middleweight contender.
*Victor Pasillas, an undefeated Featherweight prospect.
*Egidijus Kavaliauskas, he represented Lithuania at the 2008, 2012 Olympics Games and is a 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships bronze medallist.
*Michael Finney, a Light Welterweight prospect.
*Christopher Algieri, an undefeated Light Welterweight prospect.
*Jesús Antonio Hernández, a Lightweight prospect.
*Ronald Ellis, an undefeated Super Middleweight prospect.
*Manuel Quezada, a Heavyweight contender.
*Allan Benitez, a Lightweight prospect.
*Alfonso Blanco, an undefeated Light Middleweight prospect.
*Alfonso Gómez, a competitor on The Contender.
*Mark Suárez, a former WBO NABO Welterweight Champion.
*Francisco Contreras, a Lightweight prospect.
*Victor Ortíz, a former WBC welterweight champion.