February 5th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

Mikey "The Chin' Garcia

Mikey “The Chin’ Garcia


Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KO) is one of boxing’s rising stars. Current owner of the WBO super featherweight (130) belt, Garcia has pop and solid fundamentals. What he seems to be lacking is a chin, having been dropped and wobbled in his last two fights against relative non-punchers Juan Carlos Burgos (30-2-2, 20 KO) and Roman Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KO). I think Yuriorkis Gamboa (23-0, 16 KO), who is currently campaigning at lightweight (135), presents some problems for Garcia and it will be interesting to see how he responds. Gamboa has a questionable chin as well, and is coming off a period of inactivity, so this is a fight that could go either way. Garcia may be a bit better technically, but Gamboa is no slouch in that department and has speed and explosiveness that Mikey does not. A win here would really elevate either fighters, and a great fight would elevate both.


Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) is the current lineal light heavyweight (175) champ. Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO) holds the WBO belt. A unification bout between the two seems like it would be inevitable, and if Stevenson wants to continue making HBO money, it may very well be. Their pro records are nearly identical and both pack some serious power. I think Kovalev is the more technically –sound fighter overall, but Stevenson has the one-punch power to turn a fight around. In my opinion this is the third biggest fight to make in boxing behind Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez-Gennady Golovkin. Out of the three matchups, I personally think this one is the most interesting.


From an entertainment standpoint, I think I’d pay money just to see the press conferences for this fight. Both guys are charismatic and not afraid to speak their minds. Both are colossal heavyweights looking to prove themselves at world level. Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO) is the more proven commodity at this point, but Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO) has freakish power. Having seen it in person, I can tell you that boy has some heavy hands. Fury was dropped by former cruiserweight who’s never been known for his power in Steve Cunningham (26-6, 12 KO). This makes his chin suspect, but Wilder has been said to be packing some glass of his own. In other words, they should call this one “TIMMMMBBERRRRR!!!!” because one of these giants is going down for the count.

Zak Young


  1. Interesting read Zak, but I don’t see Gamboa-Garcia as a competitive fight. Gamboa went life and death in his last fight against Michael Farinas (sp) and was hurt repeatedly. He’s just exiting his prime and is much shorter. I think Garcia’s punch resistance will improve as he nears his natural weight. Oscar and Tito had the same issues back in the day.

    Gabe on February 5th, 2014 at 2:30 PM
  2. whatever happened to gamboa anyway?

    dondon on February 5th, 2014 at 3:22 PM
  3. Gabe, he didn’t go life and death. He won clearly and by a wide margin. Also Farenas although unknown is a good fighter. Garcia hasn’t fought any elite fighters yet. Maybe Salido, but he is far past his peak. Let Garcia fight someone with speed like a Russell or Lomachenko. Every guy Garcia fights is slow as Molasses.

    Kevin Perry on February 6th, 2014 at 9:24 AM
  4. Hey KP – I watched the fight; I know Farinas’ reputation and although I may have been biased (as I expected Gamboa to win big) I and anybody else who was high on him had to have been disappointed. I recall the fight being close. Good point about Garcia’s opponents being slow; very true. I say Gamboa’s habit of keeping his hands down and shaky chin do him in.

    Gabe on February 6th, 2014 at 9:18 PM
  5. Would love to see a super six style tournament at heavyweight. Their is a lot of hype around fury wilder but no one eve talks about pulev Jenkins helenius or stiverne. It would be great to finally see a real contender earn his shot the title.

    Bender on February 9th, 2014 at 6:51 AM
  6. Jennings, not Jenkins is abig joke. The so called top heavies couldn’t last 3 rounds against the Bronze Bomber, Deontay Wilder. Deontay crushes Fury in one round. Deontay is waiting for Klitschko to man up and hface the heir apparent.

    Mike on February 11th, 2014 at 7:49 AM

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