Fresno surprise: Mikey Garcia loses majority decision to Sandor Martin

Sorpresa en Fresno: Mikey García pierde decisión mayoritaria frente a Sandor Martin

Mikey Garcia was surprised by a skilled Sandor Martin and lost by majority decision Saturday night in Fresno, California, in their comeback fight after 20 months of inactivity. One of the judges saw a tie at 95, while the other two saw the Spaniard win by 97 to 93.

The Spanish Sandor martin, reigning European super lightweight champion, was an unknown rival on the American continent. And, in addition, he considered himself a rival as a way to Mikey Garcia, who was looking for a fight to dust off his long inactivity.

Nevertheless, Martin It was a very tough nut to crack for the Mexican American, as he was gaining confidence and also gaining respect in the ring. A couple of rounds were enough to show that he was no longer the victim, but that he was a competitive rival. Above all, when he demonstrated complete fortitude in absorbing the hardest and sharpest blows from Mikey.

Left-handed profile, and with great foot control, Sandor Martin won the night by striking out sharply with his front hand, his right, and sidestepping to avoid a response from Mikey Garcia. Also, to give your boxing variety, Martin sometimes he opened with his jab, and finished with forcefulness the 1-2. It was a resource that was regularly entering Mikey.

Martin, is the European monarch of 140 pounds, however the fight was agreed at 145, although Mikey He’s also not a natural welterweight, and has only been able to mark 145 pounds twice in his career. Nevertheless, Mikey He showed up without muscle tone, and fattened up to 143.5 pounds at weigh-in.

On the ring Mikey He was in adequate physical condition and tiredness was not noticeable. However, his hitting did lack explosiveness and power. He could never make his punch feel over Martin.

Sandor Martin was a clearly superior rival, and had the impartiality of the judges who were not carried away by the name of the rival, nor by the weight of a Californian scenario where Mikey he played home.

Although it was a 10-round fight, with no titles involved, and in a fight to dust off, the defeat is a strong credibility blow for Mikey. Now, Garcia it will require an extra step, before standing again on a large billboard.

Before the fight, Mikey Garcia spoke of fights with Regis Prograis, with Josh Taylor, and even with Gervonta davis. But the reality of Saturday night is that with Sandor Martin it was enough for Mikey have to rethink your return to boxing strategy.

And to Sandor Martin it is a resounding triumph. It is probably the most important victory for Spanish boxing since August 17, 2013, when Kiko Martinez crowned super bantamweight world champion FIB.

In the previous Martin he had warned that he could win the fight that would return Spain’s eyes to boxing. And he achieve it. At the end, and after his great display on the ring, Sandor He appeared before his compatriots, in a phrase captured by television cameras: “Spain, I am Sandor Martin“.

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