Friday, July 19, 2024

Mikey Garcia retires from boxing aged 34

Mikey Garcia has subtly announced his retirement from boxing, there has been no official announcement from the former featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, and super lightweight champion with the exception of an update to the bio of his Instagram account, which now simply reads “Retired World Champ, 126, 130, 135, 140 lbs”.

@teammikeygarcia/Instagram

The former multiple-weight world champion bows out after an exceptional career, that could be considered for the international hall of fame when he becomes eligible in 5 years’ time, assuming he does stay retired.

Garcia was involved in 8 world title fights in his career (including his bout v Juan Manuel Lopez in which Garcia lost his title on the scales). He won his first world title at featherweight against tough teak Orlando Salido in 2013, his world title bouts are as follows:

  • 2013 v Orlando Salido – WBO World featherweight title – WON via Technical decision 8
  • 2013 v Juan Manuel Lopez – WBO & Ring World featherweight titles – WON TKO4 (Lost titles on scales)
  • 2013 v Roman Martinez – WBO World super featherweight title – WON KO8
  • 2014 v Juan Carlos Burgos – WBO World super featherweight title – RETAINED TITLE UD12
  • 2017 v Dejan Zlaticanin – WBC World lightweight title – WON KO3
  • 2018 v Sergey Lipinets – IBF World super lightweight title – WON UD12
  • 2018 v Robert Easter Jr – IBF World lightweight title – WON UD12
  • 2019 v Errol Spence Jr – IBF World welterweight title – LOST UD12

After moving up to 147 lbs to fight Errol Spence Jr in 2019, Garcia hasn’t looked like the same fighter and recently lost a 10-round majority decision to Spain’s Sandor Martin in a result that shocked the boxing world. That shock loss looks to be Garcia’s last time in the ring as he finishes an exceptional, elite career on 40-0-2.