Mikey Garcia Returns on October 16 – Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker’s Next Fights Announced

Published 09/17/2021, 1:47 AM EDT


Welterweight star Mikey Garcia will come back to the ring against Sandor Martin on October 16, relinquishing over a year-long hiatus that began following his win against Jessie Vargas in February 2020. While many had predicted Garcia to go for a title shot next, the American boxer will have to continue proving his worth in a non-title bout.

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Going against Martin, who is currently on a 9-fight win streak, Garcia’s upcoming fight can test him to the core, citing intense action for the boxing fans. As we are close to bidding farewell to 2021, the current scenario assures some more action incoming for the pugilist community to close out the year.

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In a span of a few hours, matchmakers have announced multiple exciting fights. Mikey Garcia’s returning fight clearly falls in that bracket. But that’s not all. A few intriguing heavyweight showdowns have also found their place and will go down in-ring by the end of the year.

Matchroom has confirmed a rematch between Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker on December 18. Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte will take on Otto Wallin on October 30. Here’s more about the upcoming fights.

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Mikey Garcia vs Sandor Martin- 147 lbs showdown

Mikey Garcia (40-1) and Sandor Martin (38-2) have done enough to earn a title shot now, but only one of them can embrace the status and their nearing fight will determine the rightful contender for the gold. Apart from their intriguing main event, October 16 will also see Elkin Soto defend his WBO light flyweight strap against Jonathan Gonzalez in the undercard.

The entire event will happen in Fresno, California, USA.

Heavyweight wars remaining for the year

Matchroom Promotions have stored most of the heavyweight thrillers under their name. Following Joshua vs Usk on September 25, they have many more plans. Team Eddie Hearn will stage an intense heavyweight rematch between Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker on December 18 at the O2 Arena in Manchester, UK.

The first fight in May was extremely close. Although Parker won it via split division, Chisora felt he had done enough to be the winner. Thus, the rematch will settle things.

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Meanwhile, Dillian Whyte isn’t getting a title shot for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, ‘The Body Snatcher’ will remain active by locking horns against Otto Wallin on October 30 at the O2 Arena in London. 22-1 as a professional, Wallin has only lost to Tyson Fury. He has also resurrected himself from the defeat with 2 back-to-back wins.

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Hence, he will now clash with Whyte to advance for a shot at the world title. All these factors reflect Whyte vs Wallin to be an important scrap. That said, there’s no way fans can blink when the hard-hitters actually go up against each other. Which fight are you most excited for?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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