Hanging up the gloves: Former boxing champion Mikey Garcia retires

Hanging up the gloves: Former boxing champion Mikey Garcia retires

Some fighters like to make a big deal about retiring or making a comeback in boxing. Not Mikey Garcia, who appears to have quietly left the sport where he became a multi-division champion and one of the top competitors to have ever stepped inside a boxing ring. 

Garcia, 34, simply decided to change his Instagram profile to “Retired World Champ 126, 130, 135, 140 lbs.” 

Robert Garcia, Mikey’s brother and trainer, would confirm with ESPN that his brother retired. The Ring spoke with a representative from Matchroom Boxing who seemingly confirmed the accuracy of the status. 

“My brother Mikey had a great boxing career,” Robert told ESPN. ”Becoming a five-time champion of the world in four divisions is something very few have done. I am very proud of my brother for everything he accomplished in boxing. Now it’s time for him to enjoy his life together with his family and loved ones.”

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Born in California, Garcia started training with Fernando Vargas. He made his amateur debut at 14 and won gold at the National Junior Golden Gloves Championships in 2003. Signing with Bob Arum’s Top Rank in 2006, Garcia beat Matt Remillard for the WBC-NABF and WBO-NABO featherweight titles. In 2013, Garcia won the WBO and The Ring featherweight titles against Orlando Salido. He broke his nose in the process, and despite the fight being stopped as a result, he won via unanimous decision. 

That year, Garcia moved to the junior lightweight division and beat Roman Martinez for the WBO junior lightweight title. In 2017 he beat Dejan Zlaticanin for the WBC lightweight title and won junior welterweight gold in 2018 when he beat Sergey Lipinets for the IBF belt. A few months later he won the IBF lightweight title against Robert Easter Jr. to improve to 39-0 as a pro.

In a mismatch, Garcia faced Errol Spence Jr. in 2019 for the IBF welterweight title. Spence dominated, winning via unanimous decision and ending Garcia’s undefeated streak. Garcia returned a year later and beat Jessie Vargas. In his last fight in October, Garcia lost to Sandor Martin in what was considered an upset.  

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Garcia was on several pound-for-pound lists for years before the Spence loss. With a decorated career spanning several years, Garcia walks out of the ring on his own terms. 

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