Mikey Garcia Falls in Biggest Boxing Upset of the Year

Garcia Vs Martin Boxing

  • Sandor Martin scored a massive upset win over Mikey Garcia on Saturday night in California.
  • Martin defeated Garcia via majority decision, taking the fight with scores of 97-93, 97-93, and 95-95.
  • The Spaniard entered the fight as a +1120 betting underdog while Garcia was listed as the -2400 betting favorite to win the fight.

Few people outside Spain knew Sandor Martin when he was chosen to be Mikey Garcia’s comeback opponent. Those who knew him gave him little to no chance of doing what he did on Saturday night.

Martin came to the fight as a massive +1120 betting underdog. That’s equivalent to an 8.2% implied probability of beating Garcia. But that’s what he did, soundly outclassing the former four-division world champion en route to a stunning ten-round majority decision upset victory.

Garcia Was a Massive -2400 Betting Favorite

Garcia entered the fight as a massive -2400 betting favorite at the best boing sportsbooks and some even had him at shorter prices. But the Oxnard, California standout had not fought in nearly two years as his last bout was a unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas last February 29, 2020. Martin was supposed to be a mere tune-up fight in his ring comeback. Instead, the Spaniard produced one of the biggest boxing upsets in recent years.

Although Garcia threw 87 more total punches at 318 to 231, he landed only 60 total punches, compared to 75 by Martin. The Spaniard also had the better accuracy at 32% against 19% for the American. Garcia landed as many or more punches as Martin in six out of the 10 total rounds in the fight. But Martin closed out strong, and out-landed Garcia 31-8 in total punches during that late surge.

In the end, judges Fernando Villareal and Carla Caiz scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Martin while Zachary Young had the contest as an even 95-95 draw. Martin produced the biggest win of his boxing career, winning in his first fight on U.S. soil and doing so in Garcia’s backyard. For Garcia, it is only his second career loss but those losses have come in his last three bouts, leaving questions on the future of the 33-year old.

James Martin Owns Largest Gambling Upset of 2021

The largest gambling upset of 2021 in the sport of boxing happened last April when +1800 James Martin scored a majority decision win over 18-year old Vito Mielnicki Jr. last April. Mielnicki entered the fight with an unbeaten 8-0 record with five knockouts while Martin was coming off a loss to another teenage opponent in Xander Zayas. But Martin outboxed the young prospect to win 79-73, 77-75, and 76-76.

Last June, All Rivera scored the second-biggest boxing upset of the year when he dealt Omar Juarez the first defeat of his professional boxing career as the +1400 betting underdog in another PBC promoted bout last June. Rivera was 0-2 on U.S. solid prior to that fight and was coming off a lethargic effort against Rances Barthelemy. But Rivera bullied his way to victory, even dropping Juarez in the 9th round en route to a close 95-94, 95-93, and 95-95 majority decision win.

But while James Martin and All Rivera were bigger underdogs in their respective bouts than Sandor Martin was against Mikey Garcia, there is no doubt that when it comes to significance, Sandor Martin’s upset win on Saturday night was by far the bigger one as it puts a big question mark on the future of former four-division world titlist Mikey Garcia who now has lost two out of his last three bouts.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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