UFC President Dana White announced last year that he would be starting his own Boxing promotion as he once again partners up with Billionaire Ferttita Brothers on a new venture called “Zuffa Boxing”. Dana plans to change the entire sport of Boxing and make all the fights that people want to see. Dana first put out a $500 Million dollar offer to Anthony Joshua which is currently under negotiations. Today Yahoo sports reporter and
combat sports insider Kevin Iole spoke with Dana and revealed that he has signed his first Boxer in on of the best in the world at the moment, Mikey Garcia:
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) May 3, 2018
Kevin Iole: Just spoke with @danawhite and he said he’s closing in on a deal with @MikeyGarcia He said plans for Zuffa Boxing are moving forward.
Miguel Angel Garcia Cortez (born December 15, 1987), best known as Mikey Garcia, is an American professional boxer. He is a world champion in four weight classes, having held the WBC lightweight title since January 2017. Previously he held the WBO and The Ring magazine featherweight titles in 2013, the WBO junior lightweight title from 2013 to 2014, and the IBF and lineal light welterweight titles in 2018. As of April 2018, Garcia is ranked as the world’s fifth best active boxer, pound for pound, by The Ring; and sixth by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. He is trained by his father Eduardo and his brother, former world champion Robert Garcia. A well rounded fighter, Mikey is known as a boxer-puncher with strong fundamentals, formidable punching power, and adaptability.
Born to Mexican parents, Miguel Angel’s father, Eduardo, was an amateur boxer and trainer of world champion boxer Fernando Vargas at La Colonia Youth Boxing Club. His older brother, Roberto was a professional boxer and a former IBF Super Featherweight Champion who lost his belt to the late Diego Corrales. His oldest brother, Daniel, was a boxer and trainer. He has been featured on ABC’s show American Latino TV and he talked about balancing studies with the demands of boxing. Garcia has said he grew up in a “gang-related neighborhood” in Oxnard, California. Garcia said that his father immigrated from Mexico, and Garcia said that his parents were both strawberry pickers.
Garcia started his amateur career at the age of fourteen. In 2003, he won a silver medal at the National Junior Olympic Championships in the 125 lb division. In 2004, he won a gold medal at the National Junior Golden Gloves Championships and a silver medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships, both in the 132 lb division. In 2005, he won a bronze medal at the National Golden Gloves Championships and a gold medal at the National Police Athletic League Championships, both in the 132 lb division.
On March 12, the IBF wrote to Garcia, giving him until March 22 to decide whether he wants to keep his IBF title at light welterweight as they had a mandatory challenger, Ivan Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs) lined up next. On April 17, Garcia vacated the IBF title, confirming he would drop back to lightweight to defend his WBC title. On April 24, WBC president Sulaiman stated Garcia would participate in a lightweight unification with IBF beltholder Robert Easter Jr. in the summer. On May 1, it was reported that the fight would likely take place in Jule or August at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.