‘I Was Ahead on the Cards’ – Mikey Garcia Protests Majority Decision Loss to Sandor Martin

Published 10/17/2021, 6:50 AM EDT


Boxing analysts knew very little of the Spaniard Sandor Martin. One of the things they did know was that he would be sharing the ring with a former four-division world champion in Mikey Garcia. However, what he accomplished on Saturday night in Fresno, California will have prompted the boxing world to dig up information about Martin.

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In a shocking upset, the Spaniard ruined the comeback party of Mikey Garcia. The judges scored the bout 95-95, 97-93, and 97-93 in favor of Sandor Martin. The fight almost immediately shut the door on the Mikey Garcia experiment at welterweight.

Following his loss at the DAZN main event, Garcia reflected on his performance during the post-fight interview.

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“You know, I thought it was a very good fight. He fought a very good fight. He was boxing. I thought I did the necessary, to close the gap, putting the pressure, looking for the fight. He was the one moving around, running around a lot. He was able to counter a few times, but I was the one actively looking for the fight.”

“I thought I was ahead on the cards, um, you know, it is what it is. That’s why there’s three judges and they decided he was the one winning the fight,” said Garcia.

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He was definitely the aggressor throughout the fight. However, Martin connected well with check hooks and straight rights. The Spaniard was always able to evade and counter the pressure.

What’s next for Mikey Garcia?

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Immediately after the fight, the 33-year-old felt that he deserved to win. He also stated how a few more rounds would have proved beneficial to him. Hence, Mikey proposed an instant rematch against Martin in a 12 round bout.

February 26, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Mikey Garcia portrait session during the Mikey Garcia vs Jessie Vargas fight week. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

“I can definitely consider a rematch,” admitted Garcia. “I think two more rounds will probably more beneficial. I thought I was coming on a little better in the later rounds. But this was the way it is.” 

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Will the rematch happen? If it does, who do you think will win? Garcia or Martin? Will Garcia be able to get back his lost form?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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