Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Garcia faces off with Cayo on FNF
By Bernardo Pilatti
Welterweight Roberto Garcia squares off with Victor Cayo in the main event of a special Thursday edition of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights."
The 10-round bout headlines a card outdoors from the iconic Hialeah Park Race Track in Hialeah, Fla. (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET) with both fighters entering the bout in search of a return to the spotlight.
Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, has lost just once in the past 10 years, a 2010 unanimous decision against Antonio Margarito. He scored a pair of victories in 2013 at junior middleweight against Miguel Angel Munguia and Larry Smith and enters Thursday's bout less than three months removed from a February win over Norberto Gonzalez.
Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs), a native of the Dominican Republic, enters his second welterweight bout after a long stretch fighting at 140 pounds, where he faced elite opponents like Marcos Maidana, Lamont Peterson, Nate Campbell and Julio Diaz. Cayo has won five of his last six fights, including four by knockout.
The fight promises plenty of action due to the offensive styles of both fighters.
The 29-year-old Cayo is fast, has good power and throws many combinations. However, his game plan is limited by his defensive deficiencies, which have been detrimental to his career.
Cayo has been, at times, too confident with his waist movements, which draw comparisons to that of middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. He doesn't close his guard and is repeatedly exposed to counter shots. That limitation has cost him dearly during his four defeats, which have all come by stoppage.
Despite these problems, his opponent Garcia, 34, will need to take very seriously the speed of Cayo.
Garcia will be making his debut under the tutelage of trainer Robert Norris and has admitted to having problems with fast opponents. That's why he has trained with fast sparring partners, with the idea of getting used to Cayo's style. His game plan will be to apply constant pressure, trying to hurt his opponent with powerful shots.
The clash of styles will surely define the characteristics of the bout. Cayo will move sideways, getting in and out with speed to drop his combinations. Garcia, who is slower but more aggressive and fights at a good distance, will use the jab to attempt to control Cayo while looking to slow him down with body shots.
In the co-feature, undefeated Jonathan Gonzalez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, faces Rogelio Medina (32-5, 26 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-round middleweight bout.