Sandor Martin Upsets a Returning, Rusty Mikey Garcia

Published 10/16/2021, 11:34 PM EDT


It was shocking to see Mikey Garcia lose to Sandor Martin via a majority decision of 95-95, 97-93, 97-93 in tonight’s DAZN-Matchroom headliner. Despite all his confidence, Garcia fell prey to Martin’s impeccable movement and had very little to offer inside the squared circle.

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While constantly looking for the power shots, Mikey Garcia lost control of his rival. It was Sandor Martin’s night from that point. Now, 40-2 as a professional, Mikey Garcia’s only two losses have come against southpaws strikers. It may remain as a blueprint for several more contenders at 147. Here’s a deeper look into the fight.

What a beginning!

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The dramatic start saw lights go off for a few seconds when Garcia and Martin were already engaged in a heated, in-ring affair. However, it didn’t take away from the intense action in the ring. Both men looked tactical from the beginning and didn’t rush for a kill.

Coming in as a massive underdog, Sandor Martin’s commendable body movement helped him counter a lot of Garcia’s actions. Martin also planted his power punches, but Mikey Garcia‘s combinations continued to offer heat from the other end. After three close rounds, Garcia picked up his pace in the fourth.

He shot down Sandor Martin aggressively, but that didn’t really benefit him. Mikey Garcia threw a barrage of shots in round five, but Martin was quick to escape them all. It was quite frustrating to witness for Mikey Garcia’s loyalists. With 30 seconds remaining in the round, Garcia became violent and shook his fans. It paved the road to an intriguing round six.

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Sandor Martin looked extremely disciplined in round six. Despite being stalked by a four-division world champion, the Spanish boxer didn’t lose his confidence. As Martin’s footwork and movement became extremely effective, Mikey Garcia’s headhunting left him exposed.

While Martin seemed to be focusing on winning rounds, Garcia was adamantly hunting for a stoppage. It intensified the fight, but clearly made Martin look the superior boxer for a brief period. At 2:16 minutes of round eight, a scorecard showed Martin to be 4 points over Garcia. Just then, Sandor Martin became the aggressor and wobbled his American rival with some good shots.

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There was no doubt that Sandor Martin’s southpaw stance helped him get an edge. Mikey Garcia looked helpless. On the other end, Martin entered the final round with supreme confidence.

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Before the final round, Martin’s corner advised him to remain calm and create history. The Spaniard followed this advice when the fight resumed. He moved all around the ring and slipped away from Garcia’s best shots. Both men exchanged haymakers in the final seconds, but there was no denying Martin’s supremacy.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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