Should Mikey Garcia Retire After Losing to Sandor Martin?

Published 10/17/2021, 12:07 AM EDT


Mikey Garcia failed to maximize on his boxing return tonight against Sandor Martin. The four-division champ, who was a favorite to win this 10-round fight, couldn’t dictate the pace of the bout. As a result, the underdog, Martin, pulled off an upset.

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Garcia appeared under the big lights after a whopping 20-month layoff. Ring rust was certainly visible in his performance, as he was struggling to land his best shots. The Californian boxer looked slightly off the pace throughout this fight.

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Mikey Garcia began the contest on the back foot. He employed some slick head movements and defense in the first few rounds. But simultaneously, he made adjustments to go toe to toe with Martin.

The southpaw boxer knew Garcia would go for the big hits from the first bell itself. As a result, he kept his straight lefts ready to counterattack the boxing elite. Along with his prime punch, Martin even came up with some hooks and he attacked Garcia’s chest on a few occasions.

In the later rounds, Garcia turned desperate to put Martin on the canvas. This worked in the southpaw’s favor. Eventually, Martin’s counterattacks hit the mark, and he evaded Garcia’s punches.

By the end of round 10, it was clear that Martin had the edge over Garcia in this fight. Hence, the judges’ decision didn’t come as a shock.

Is it time for Mikey Garcia to sign off from boxing?

In this fight, Mikey Garcia failed in every department. His rich experience didn’t help him get over the line against Sandor Martin.

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The 33-year-old looked extremely slow throughout this 10-round contest. Given the fact that he was up against a contender who wasn’t as big a draw as some of the names on his list, the loss came as a surprise.

Citing that, it seems Mikey Garcia’s time is finally up in the sport of boxing. If not, he could look to explore a move back to the lower weight classes, as he has suffered both defeats at 147.

Watch this story – Event Recap: Best Highlights From Mikey Garcia vs. Sandor Martin

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Retirement is an option, as he has achieved it all and held belts in four divisions. Hence, there’s not much left for him to show.

What do you make of Garcia’s performance in this fight? Do you think he should call time on his career?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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