M. Garcia could face Barros
According to a report by BoxingScene.com, Barros (34-3-1, 18 knockouts) has agreed to face Garcia (29-0, 25 KOs) in an HBO-televised clash on the Nov. 10 undercard of a match up featuring undefeated junior middleweight Vanes Martirosyan against Erislandy Lara in a WBC eliminator bout.
“They had mentioned Barros earlier,” said Garcia of Barros, who would replace WBO 126-pound beltholder Orlando Salido, who suffered an injury to an index finger.
“I just saw on BoxingScene that HBO gave the green light on that fight with Barros. I still haven’t signed a contract yet, but, hopefully, it gets done and the fight is on. That’s what I know.”
Garcia, who turns 25 in December, has stopped 13 of his past 14 opponents and vanquished his past seven opponents by knockout. Barros, who is 30, is coming off a unanimous decision loss to IBF junior lightweight titleholder Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in August.
Barros never has been stopped, having split route-going bouts with former beltholder Celestino Caballero and gone the distance with unbeaten former featherweight titleholder Yuriorkis Gamboa, a Cuban Olympic gold medalist.
But during that time, potential high-profile bouts with Caballero and Salido, as well as ex-titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez have all failed to materialize.
“We’re looking forward to any fight,” said Garcia, who is trained by his Mexican-born father, Eduardo Garcia, and his older brother, ex-titleholder Robert Garcia. “We’re looking forward to just getting in the ring and fighting.”
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