From The Undercard: The Year Of The Garcia

by Eric Raskin

In boxing circles 2011 is shaping up as the Year of the Garcia. One Garcia having a breakout year wouldn't warrant such a bold proclamation. But if two Garcias both explode to the next level-especially with a third one playing a supporting role-then it's fair to suggest this 12-month pugilistic period belongs to them.

Undefeated Featherweight #1 ranked contender Mikey Garcia(pictured),Oxnard,Calif. poses overlooking the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk as he gets set to take on Matt "The Sharp Shooter" Remillard, Manchester,Conn. on Saturday, March 26, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Photo: Chris FarinaIn the late 1990s, Robert Garcia was a junior lightweight titleholder who entertained audiences with a mix of skill, punching power, and plenty of heart while campaigning under the unusual nickname "Grandpa." Now, he is one of boxing's premier trainers.