Garcia seeks redemption, 2nd title vs. Martinez

GREG BEACHAM (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press

Although Mikey Garcia has the talent and the pedigree for multi-division stardom, he's not assuming he'll be the next 130-pound champion until he actually takes the belt away from Rocky Martinez.

Garcia learned all about assumptions in his last fight, when he lost his featherweight title on the scales.

Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) goes after a world title in his second weight class Saturday night when he faces Puerto Rico's Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs), who will attempt his third defense against one of boxing's rising stars.

Not many unbeaten fighters find themselves in need of redemption, but Garcia could use an impressive win. After he trounced Orlando Salido in January to claim a 126-pound title, Garcia couldn't make weight for his defense against Juan Manuel Lopez in June.

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