By John Cannon
Marines Promotions is welcoming back a familiar face, and it is one local boxing fans will remember well.
Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia (27-2, 20 KO’s) returns home as he once again reunites with his uncle Julio Marines and will fight in the Rio Grande Valley for the first time since November of 2007. “I feel like I am starting off 2010 with a fresh start,” said Garcia. “It is great to be home again and with my family. During the time I was away from them, I felt alone and knew something was missing. But now that we are back together , I feel a renewed spirit, and my uncle has really been hustling for me. I have my entire family behind me and a lot of the problems I had in the past have completely rolled off my shoulders.”
Garcia, who is currently ranked 16th in the world as a light middleweight, will face a familiar foe in Jose “El Macho” Medina (15-17) in the co-main event Friday night at the Casa De Amistad in Harlingen. The last time they met in the ring was in August of 2005 with Garcia scoring the victory via TKO in the third round.
“I have been working real hard in the gym and am ready to get back into the ring and fight in front of the Valley fans,” said Garcia. “I feel stronger than ever and have had an excellent camp so far. I have had some great sparring and so far have put in over 190 rounds of work.”
“All of the success I had in the past was here in the Valley, and I want to get back to doing that again. Hopefully I can score the win on Friday and get back on track.”
Aside from the return of Garcia, Brownsville’s Sergio Perales (13-0, 8 KO’s) will also appear on the card as he will defend his IBA Continental Americas and the Texas state bantamweight title against Josimar Olivares.
“Sergio is way ahead of schedule so far and has unbelievable talent,” said Marines, Perales’s promoter. “He is a gym rat and is always working out.”
“So far he has faced some excellent talent and destroyed each and everyone of them. To be honest with you, Sergio has surprised the heck out of me and is better than most people give him credit.”
Also appearing on the card will be local favorites Raul “El Tigre” Casarez, Jerry Guevara, and Isidro Arreola. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Casa De Amistad box office or Marines Bakery. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first fight beginning at 7:30 p.m..