Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Fast rising and current IBF #1 featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (23-0, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his father Eduardo Garcia and brother Robert Garcia, is scheduled to take on Francisco “Franky” Leal (14-5-3, 9 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-round featherweight bout on Saturday, December 4 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez, titled ‘In Harm’s Way’. Garcia vs. Leal will open up the pay-per-view telecast, replacing undefeated lightweight contender ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios who was moved to the Pacquiao vs. Margarito undercard this past weekend.
“I’m very happy to have been given an opportunity to be on such a big card,” said Garcia. “I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity and on December 4th I plan on giving the fans a great fight,” continued Garcia.
In his last outing, Miguel Garcia impressively defeated southpaw Cornelius “Lighting” Lock (19-6-1, 12 KOs) of Detroit, MI, having sent Lock to the canvas in rounds three and eleven en-route to an 11th round TKO this past August at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX in a 12-round IBF featherweight title eliminator.
Also, scheduled to be on the undercard will be two-division world champion “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire (24-1,16 KOs), WBC lightweight champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs), highly talented junior welterweight prospect Jose Benavidez (9-0, 9 KOs), in separate bouts.
Chávez Jr. vs. Gomez, titled ‘In Harm’s Way’ is scheduled for 12-rounds for the WBC Silver middleweight title and will be available live on Pay-Per-View which is being presented by Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions. Remaining tickets are priced at $200, $100, $50, $30 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Honda Center Box Office or by phone at (800-745-3000).