Yuriorkis Gamboa: Is Mikey Garcia Ready for Him?

Justin TateCorrespondent IJune 6, 2011

Mikey Garcia demolishing some young competition.
Mikey Garcia demolishing some young competition.Jeff Gross/Getty Images

While many are likely discussing the Carl Froch victory over Glen Johnson or the comeback of Mikkel Kessler, one of the incredible events over the weekend that will likely go unnoticed was the blazing performance from featherweight (126 lbs) contender Mikey Garcia (26-0, 22 KO's)

Garcia knocked out 25-year-old Rafael Guzman (28-3, 20 KO's) in four rounds.

This past March, Garcia gave Matt Remillard (23-1, 13 KO's) his first loss when his corner quit after 10 rounds in which Remillard was put down three times.

This begs the question: Is Garcia ready to do the same to undefeated Cuban phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KO's)?

Gamboa headlined the fight card Garcia fought Remillard on and for good reason. Gamboa destroyed Jorge Solis, a former foe of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Gamboa showed he was fast, powerful and as flashy as any boxer could be.

Garcia is a bit more technical, but he gets the job done just the same.

The Featherweight division needs a superfight between two undefeated fighters following the recent first loss of former Gamboa rival Juan Manuel Lopez (30-1, 27 KO's).

Lopez and Gamboa were constantly being pitted against one another in hypothetical fight conversation.

Top Rank Promotions handled both fighters, yet kept them apart in order to build up their respective fan bases to make their eventual coming together that much bigger.

Well, that plan died when Lopez lost to Orlando Salido (35-11-2, 23 KO's) in arguably the biggest upset of the year this past April.

The hole left from that loss, leaves a vacancy Garcia can fill. Salido was beaten thoroughly by Gamboa last fall.

Chris John (45-0-2, 22 KO's) is the only other undefeated great featherweight champion, but he is currently content to just fight stagnant competition in his homeland of Indonesia until he retires.

Garcia has applied himself well to the discipline of boxing. His trainer, brother Robert Garcia believes he is ready for Gamboa.

Robert Garcia trains WBA world lightweight (135 lbs) champion Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 20 KO's) and WBC and WBO world bantamweight (118 lbs) champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KO's).

Here is what Garcia had to say about his younger brother Mikey to examiner.com:

"Gamboa, without a doubt, is the best fighter in the featherweight division. That's why Mikey wants to fight him. Because he wants to prove that he is better than Gamboa, that he is the best out there. People might not think that he will be ready for Gamboa, because Gamboa is fast and strong and he's flashy. With his style, I know that he's not going to rush Mikey the way he's going to rush his other opponents. Because Mikey's going to sit back and catch him coming in."

If Garcia continues his winning ways, he could get the very wish he desires: a fight with Gamboa.