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BOXING: Moreno Valley’s Garcia won’t get style points from N.Y. judges

By in Press Enterprise on July 27, 2017

By David A Avila

Mikey Garcia doesn’t rate the mantle of fame of a Kobe Bryant or even a Cody Bellinger among casual sports fans, but among boxing fans and experts worldwide, the Moreno Valley prizefighter ranks among the very best.

Will his sterling abilities be enough to win in New York?

When Garcia (36-0, 30 Kos) meets Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 Kos) on Saturday June 29, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he will be looking to become the first to snap a losing streak by Southern California fighters in winning by judges decision against an east coast fighter.

The non-title fight at 140-pound limit will be televised on Showtime.

“I’m not worried at all,” said Garcia, 29, who is a former featherweight, super featherweight and current lightweight world champion. “I have a lot of fans in New York. I’ve fought there a few times.”

But the fans will not be those judging the fight. Instead it will be the notorious New York judges who have not scored in favor of a Southern California fighter for many decades.

Need proof?

Pomona’s Sugar Shane Mosley lost by decision to Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto whose fan base in New York City is huge. Many felt Mosley deserved the win over Cotto back in November 2007at Madison Square Garden. On the same night and same card Southern California based fighter Jose Armando Santa Cruz was robbed of the world title when he fought Joel Casamayor. Both fights were televised and most experts saw Santa Cruz the clear winner.

Judges delight
One possible reason for this continual bias could be California prizefighters prefer an aggressive pressure fighting style. The East Coast boxers prefer a more defensive hit and move style. It’s a slick looking but careful method of fighting not favorable to most boxing fans.

Broner, 27, has that east coast style that experts call the “shoulder roll.” […]    

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