Mikey Garcia feels more adjusted to the weight!
Four division champion Mikey Garcia (39-1, 30ko) held a media workout in preparation for his upcoming bout against former WBO Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (29-2-2, 11ko).
Garcia was very candid when answering questions about getting acclimated to the welterweight limit since his first defeat to unified champion Errol Spence Jr (26-0, 21ko) back in March 2019.
“I felt strong before, it just might have been a little bit too short of time to adjust to the weight. We might have maybe. I don’t know I can’t give official answers. But we might have made a mistake trying to do it too soon.”
The four division champion went into even deeper detail about bulking up.
“Ten weeks of camp trying to bulk up, maybe that was a mistake. Maybe walking in the ring at 154lbs or 152lbs something like that, might have been a mistake. I probably should have been a little lighter so I could move better and not feel sluggish and tired.
“I can’t say that’s what happened and was the cause of the fight. It’s just one of those things you learn and then you move on.”
Garcia also admitted that at one point he went up to as far as 165lb adding muscle. That isn’t so bad considering throughout camp, fighters generally lose weight but the extra added muscle can effect quickness, foot-speed, and timing.
It is safe to say that Team Garcia feels more confident now than before because of the amount of time spent getting used to the weight and seems to have learned from the previous experience.
This is a common thing in boxing when moving up. The bulking up process, if it isn’t done correctly, could have serious adverse effects. It is something that has plagued many fighters throughout the history of the sport.
Catch all the action live on DAZN from The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, February 29th.
By: Garrisson Bland