New York — Young rising star Mikey Garcia, 34-0 (KO 28), won the fight with ease against a more agile opponent in Juan Carlos Burgos 30-2-2 (KO 20), on Saturday night on HBO main event at the Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, USA.
Yes it was an easy victory.
But fans and ringside observer were unimpressed. Unimpressed because they expect more from Garcia, who is positioned to be the “next big star” in boxing. There were talks that he could be a future opponent for the Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao. But I don’t know if he had that “next big star” quality in his performance last night. Well, “skill set” win fights but “star quality” let fans buy tickets.
Garcia was in full control of the fight except that second round — Burgos landed a counter shot that buckled Garcia. In the third round Garcia stepped up a little bit and tagged Burgos with a hard shot that wobbled his opponent. I think those were the only notable action in the ring. And the rest of the rounds were all for Garcia and won by the scores of 118-110, 118-110, and 119-109.
On the other hand, Burgos was satisfied to stay outside Garcia’s range. After he tasted the power of Garcia in the third, he seems happy staying in harms way. He utilized his reach and height advantage to help his mode to survive.
With Burgos on the survival mode, it is Garcia’s call to do something and create a star quality move utilizing his skill set. But Garcia failed in that category — he’s too cautious and not willing to take a risk.
He don’t want to take more risk… maybe it has something to do with his chin?
Martinez drop him in the second of their fight. Burgos wobbled him also in the second round of this fight. It made Nigel Collins worry.
I’m starting to worry about Mikey Garcia’s chin. Knocked down but Roman Martinez & hurt by the only good punch Burgos landed.
— Nigel Collins (@ESPNFNF) January 26, 2014