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In the same way that some people are said to be born with greatness, so too it can be said that Mikey Garcia was born with the gloves if you consider that he was born into a family of boxing royalty. He has a father who was a boxer and an elder brother who was a world champion and is now a trainer.
As a professional boxer, Garcia has won titles in the featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, and light welterweight categories.
Mikey Garcia Biography
It was as Miguel Angel Garcia Cortez that the American professional boxer was born on December 15, 1987, in Oxnard, California to Eduardo Garcia and Virginia Garcia. His Mexican parents entered the United States illegally before later getting their papers. He was brought up alongside his brother, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California.
Growing up in a neighborhood that was known for its gang activities, he had his eyes on being a cop at first before he came to become a boxer. His father was an amateur boxer, he left Mexico as a result of poverty and settled in the US where he worked picking strawberries alongside his wife.
The younger Garcia attended Pacifica High School from where he graduated in 2006 before later moving to the Ventura County Police Academy. In spite of the fact that he graduated, he did not serve as a police officer as he decided to take to the ring instead.
Although he was born into a family that was no stranger to boxing, Garcia initially had no interest in the combat sport. In fact, he only went to the gym when he was young to be with his friends. Without knowing what he wanted to do at first, he later decided that he would become a police officer before he eventually embraced boxing.
With a father that began as a boxer and a brother who fought as a professional boxer and then a boxing trainer, Mikey Garcia started out as a boxer when he was 13 years old. Although he was not training at the time, his elder brother signed him for a boxing competition which ended with him loving boxing and the thrill of competing soon got him keeping on the gloves.
Garcia went on to have his first professional boxing match in 2006 against Herrera Mendoza which he won in a unanimous decision. The next fight was won against Andrew Gannigan in a knockout. By January 2014, he had already slugged it out in the ring 34 times winning all with neither a loss nor a draw.
As a result of a legal dispute with his promoter, the next time he was going to fight again from that point in 2014 was in 2016 when he took on Elio Rojas whom he defeated in a total knockout. After that fight, he defeated Dejan Zlatičanin to win the WBC lightweight title, then Adrien Broner, followed by Sergey Lipinets to clinch the lineal light welterweight titles, and then Robert Easter Jr. whom he defeated to retain the WBC lightweight title.
Named as one of the best active boxers, pound for pound boxers by The Ring, the boxer who is popular as boxer-puncher has thus far taken part in 39 fights winning them all. Impressively, he has won 30 of these by knockouts and only 9 by decision. In the process, he has won USBA featherweight, NABF, WBO–NABO featherweight, and The Ring featherweight titles among others. While he is still yet to record a similar feat as his elder brother who was a world champion, he has thus far, not done badly for himself.
One part of his life that Garcia has kept away from the public is his relationship life. However, it is known that he is married to Fatima Garcia. He met the woman who would end up becoming his wife when they were both students at the Pacifica High School. They remained together ever since and now share 3 kids together, a girl and two boys.
Mikey’s Net Worth
For a man as hard working as Mikey Garcia and with the much success he has recorded as a boxer, one would expect that he has a good net worth, Inasmuch as much as his net worth has not been revealed, there is no doubt that he has done well for himself. The irony of it all is that with all he has achieved, he does not brag too much like many other boxers.
Height and Weight
While he is of featherweight, super featherweight, and light welterweight division, Garcia has a good height and body build. He stands at a massive 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm).