PHOENIX — For middleweight boxer Elijah Garcia, combating is a household affair.
“It is simply, my dad took me to a boxing gymnasium, and I simply fell in love with it,” stated Garcia.
His father, Jorge Garcia Jr. was a fighter too. As was his father’s father, Jorge Garcia Sr.
“Like, boxing was nice. I simply hated coaching,” stated Garcia Jr. “My dad beloved boxing,” he added.
Even Elijah’s great-grandfather acquired into the ring.
“He had like 20 fights. He would simply go struggle for cash. You already know, he would go make some cash,” stated Garcia Jr.
Nonetheless, the 4th technology fighter is set to forge his personal path.
We requested Elijah what it’s about combating that provides him the last word feeling. He responded, “I believe it is simply you recognize, getting your hand raised. Attending to that victory understanding you place in six to eight weeks of exhausting coaching.”
The 22-year-old has had his hand raised fairly a bit. Proper now, he is undefeated with a 15-0 document.
With a 15-0 document and 12 knockouts, Elijah has some heavy arms, however the place did he get them?
“I am positive I do hit exhausting, however I believe the largest factor is you recognize, I’ve a great model. I like to interrupt folks down and you recognize, I simply find yourself catching them,” stated Garcia.
It helps that the younger warrior has smart males in his nook whereas he is coaching and when it is time to get within the ring.
“Me and my dad prepare him. You already know, when he was youthful, I simply stated ‘Look, if you wish to be good, simply take heed to me. You bought to hear. You bought to be coachable,” stated Garcia Jr.
Elijah holds two belts, the WBA Intercontinental title and WBC Latino Title, however he is removed from carried out. The younger father tells us he will not cease till he is on the prime.
Garcia Jr. believes his son could possibly be one of many greats.
“He is good, man. He could possibly be a world champion. Yeah, it is like I stated. He is not scared to lose. So, he is assured,” stated Garcia Jr.
Now, Elijah is combating for his family, his heritage and representing the place he is from.
We requested Elijah the place he sees his future in boxing.
“On the prime, that is for positive. You already know, profitable titles younger, being the face of boxing, being the face of Arizona, combating the most effective fighters. You already know, simply actually placing Arizona on the map. That is what I am all about,” stated Garcia.
His subsequent struggle is Friday, September 30 at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas. He is dealing with off towards Armando Reséndiz on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Jermell Charlo struggle.
It will likely be broadcast by Showtime.