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Mikey Garcia needs to change his game to beat Orlando Salido

By Dan Ambrose: Robert Garcia needs to make some major changes to his brother Mike Garcia’s game if he wants him to have a positive result in his fight against WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KO’s) next January or February, whenever the fight takes place.

Mikey Garcia has picked up some really bad habits by relying on his power to knock guys out with one punch, and that’s going to hurt him against Salido. Garcia still doesn’t throw combinations and his work rate is anemic to say the least. His fighting style reminds me of a poor mans version of Alexis Arguello, but even Arguello threw combinations.

Garcia just throws one shot and then stands there admiring his work as if his opponents will fall over immediately. That bad habit comes from poor matchmaking because of Garcia had been fighting quality opposition all these years that bad habit would have been beaten out of him by his opponents, who would have drilled him in the head over and over again each time he’d stand to admire his work after throwing single shots.

Salido is advanced Mexican fighter that throws a lot of punches and who never lets up. Garcia’s single shots are going to be like an old fashioned army with musket rifles fighting an army with machine guns. Garcia is going to be way out of his depth in this fight and I can see this fight going really badly for him.

If his brother Robert Garcia is smart he’ll postpone letting Mikey fight Salido and instead wait a half dozen fights until Mikey learns how to fight correctly by throwing combinations and increasing his work rate by a substantial amount. You can’t have a fighter like Mikey Garcia going out there throwing 20 punches per round against Salido, who throws 100. It’ll be a massacre.

This fight is a step down for Salido from his two fights with Juan Manuel Lopez, who is a much more advanced fighter than Garcia in my eyes. Lopez is so much more dangerous than Garcia is because he throws a lot of punches and is dangerous with his counter punching.

Garcia defeated Jonathan Victor Barros (34-4-1, 18 KO’s) by an 8th round knockout last Saturday night in a disappointing fight for Garcia. Barros was beating him at the time that Garcia knocked him out. The fight showed all of Garcia’s weaknesses in a huge way with his ability to throw combinations, his stiffness, his poor work rate and his tendency to stand frozen admiring his work after throwing single punches.

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