Mikey Garcia to have surgery to repair broken nose
By Dan Ambrose: Newly crowned WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) will be having surgery to repair his broken nose from his fight with former WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido on January 19th of this month at Madison Square Garden, New York. Garcia clashed heads with Salido in the 8th round, and suffered a broken nose from it.
It was an accidental head-butt and the fight was quickly stopped after the 8th round due to Mikey saying he couldn’t breathe through his nose. Salido suffered an arguably much worse injury of a fractured right orbital bone in the same fight, but he wanted to keep fighting.
Mikey says his nose is still feeling “Clogged up”, according to Steve Kim at Maxboxing.com. Mikey’s nose is slightly twisted to one side, and they attempted to move it back into the correct position by manually moving it, but that didn’t fix the problem.
Mikey has kind of a prominent nose and it was only a matter of time someone broke it. Perhaps the reason he hasn’t had nose problems in the past is because he doesn’t get hit that much since he knocks out his over-matched opponents so quickly before they’ve even gotten a chance to land much.
The fight was dominated by Mike until the 7th round, at which point Salido began to get inside more and more to land his big shots. Mikey looked to be tiring at that point in the fight, and he was awful lot of running, holding and pushing down on Salido’s head to keep him from getting inside to land shots. The pushing was similar to some of the pushing that Amir Khan did in his fight with Lamont Peterson, except that Mikey’s pushing was directed at Salido’s head instead of his chest.
Since the referee didn’t stop Mikey from this move, he continued to shove Salido’s head when he could come forward looking to work on the inside. At the time that the ringside doctor halted the fight, it looked like Salido was in the process of taking over the fight with four rounds to go. Mikey was tired, his nose was broken, he was getting hit a lot, and his punches no longer were hurting Salido. The stoppage may have been a lifesaver for Mikey when you think about it.