RUBEN GARCIA will be out to ruin Michael Conlan’s world featherweight title aspirations on Sunday night, and you won't miss a punch on BoxNation.
The Mexican is the underdog, but his record suggests he can push the Belfast hero all the way in the St Patrick’s Day Madison Square Garden clash.
Who is Ruben Garcia? BoxNation gives the lowdown on the young veteran.
1) He insists his name is just plain old Ruben Garcia, although records publish his name as Ruben Garcia Hernandez. He says: “The one they have for me on Boxrec, I don't know where that came from. One day Boxrec just put that in there, I don't know how it got there. I'd rather be known as just Ruben Garcia.”
2) Rueben describes himself as a “technical boxer” and has spent two months training for the big ten rounder at the Atlas Gym in Mexico City.
3) His 19-year-old sister, Jocelyn Garcia is a professional and boxes at super-flyweight. She has struggled for success and is currently 1-4.
4) He has lost just three times, all against good opposition - on points against Nonito Donaire and then unbeaten Rafael Rivera. His corner pulled him out after seven rounds against Randy Caballero.
5) Garcia has been floored three times in his career. He was down twice against Caballero, and dropped last August but was not out, winning the WBC Latino featherweight title against Jose Estrella after getting his legs tangled.
6) The 25-year is married with two sons, aged eight and two.
7) He is a full-time fighter, but when he needs to make extra cash he works alongside his dad who is a maintenance man.
8) The Mexican is used to winning on the road and besides wins at home he has tasted victory in the United States, Germany, the Dominican Republic and drew his last fight in Suriname.
9) Garcia had a 110-10 record as an amateur and competed in the Mexican national championships on four occasions.
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