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Margarito, Rios training in Mexico

By Francisco Salazar

With all the traveling that Robert Garcia has done in the last couple of weeks, you would think he is accumulating frequent flyer miles. Instead, he has been traveling across the country and abroad to prepare his fighters for title defenses or to win world title belts. Garcia confirmed to Fightnews.com on Friday night that he will be training super welterweight contender Antonio Margarito in Mexico City and not in Oxnard, CA. He also confirmed that lightweight world title holder Brandon Rios will join him in one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world.

Both will be fighting on the same card on December 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Margarito will be challenging Miguel Cotto for the WBA world title belt, while Rios will be defending his title against Englishman John Murray.

In addition, lightweight Javier Garcia (6-2-1, 6 KO’s) will also travel to Mexico City. Both Rios and Garcia live in Oxnard and train at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in South Oxnard.

Although Garcia admitted going to Mexico City was more a convenience for Margarito, as he is enjoying training there this time as opposed to Oxnard, having Rios and Garcia train in a different environment will suit them well, especially for Garcia.

“It’s very good for him to be exposed to a new setting, a new environment, especially with all the personal problems that he has gone through,” said Garcia from his hotel room across from the Garden, where Nonito Donaire successfully defended his world title belt.

Robert Garcia is the uncle to Javier, whose nickname is “Pelos.”

For now, Garcia said that he will stay in Mexico City and they would go back to Southern California only if Margarito does not feel comfortable anymore in Mexico City.

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