By Matt Lieberman: Mikey Garcia is wanting highly effective in coaching for his October sixteenth headliner struggle in opposition to Spanish fighter Sandor Martin on DAZN on the Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.
The 33-year-old former four-division world champion Mikey (40-1, 30 KOs) is preventing a 10-rounder in opposition to Martin (38-2, 13 KOs) after being out of the ring for 19 months.
We don’t know if Mikey can nonetheless carry within the viewers as he did earlier than, as he’s been inactive for a protracted, very long time, and plenty of followers have forgotten about him.
Mikey not too long ago stated in an interview that he hoped to struggle former WBA gentle welterweight champion Regis Prograis, however the cash wasn’t there from DAZN to make that match a actuality.
Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that the cash that Mikey and Prograis needed for his or her struggle was an excessive amount of for DAZN. They let Mikey know what they felt the battle with Prograis was value, and he disagreed.
Because of this, Mikey shall be preventing fringe 140-pound contender Sandor Martin, who isn’t an enormous identify within the U.S, however he’s well-known in his native Spain.
Mikey wants large scores for Martin struggle
Hearn says they’ll revisit the Mikey-Prograis struggle after they take a look at the numbers for Mikey’s October sixteenth conflict in opposition to the 28-year-old Sandor.
If the struggle brings in lots of new subscribers on DAZN, that may enhance Mikey’s possibilities of getting the type of cash he was asking for to struggle Prograis.
“‘Couldn’t afford?’ [you mean we] Didn’t agree with the purses they [Mikey and Prograis] needed. It’s two various things,” stated Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to ESNEWS in reacting to a remark from Mikey that DAZN couldn’t afford to pay for his struggle with Regis Prograis.
“I don’t assume DAZN had an issue affording something,” stated Hearn. “It’s simply that they’ve turn into smarter frankly, they usually wanted to be.
“After they entered the U.S market, nobody knew who DAZN was, and only a few individuals knew who I used to be. We needed to are available, overspend and make statements.
“Now, they know the worth of fights. After we go into purse bid eventualities, it may be Lopez-Kambosos; we now have a price of what we imagine that struggle is value.
“We’ve a price of what we imagine the Mikey Garcia vs. Regis Prograis struggle is value. Sadly, they didn’t agree, and we didn’t agree. So we didn’t do it.
“So, I stated [to Mikey Garcia], ‘You haven’t boxed for 19 months, let’s come out and field the most important star in Spanish boxing in Sandor Martin, who headlines all our reveals. Come again, after which we’ll revisit Regis Prograis in opposition to Mikey Garcia as soon as we take a look at the numbers to your struggle with Sandor Martin.’
Mikey vs. Prograis to be revisited
“It’s not an enormous sum of money for why we pulled out [of purchasing the Mikey Garcia vs. Prograis fight]. We [DAZN] assume it’s value this, and also you [Mikey] assume it’s value that. Within the meantime, let’s do that [Mikey vs. Sandor Martin], after which we’ll talk about that.
“I’d like to make that struggle, by the best way,” stated Hearn in regards to the Mikey vs. Prograis conflict.
Mikey reportedly acquired $7 million for his final bout in opposition to former WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas in February 2020 on the Ford Middle in Frisco, Texas.
Some imagine that Mikey was dramatically overpaid for that struggle, as Vargas is now not a top-rated contender at 147 at this level in his profession.
The Mikey-Vargas struggle would have made extra sense 5 years in the past in 2016 when Jessie was nonetheless on the high of his recreation, however he’s achieved nothing since shedding his WBO 147-lb belt to Manny Pacquiao.