Confirmed: Garcia-Burgos/Jennings-Szpilka

Undefeated two-division world champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) returns to the stage where he won his first world title 12 months earlier — The Theater at Madison Square Garden — only this time he’ll be defending his second world championship belt in as many weight classes. Garcia will put his WBO junior lightweight title on the line against two-time world title challenger and current #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1,2, 20 KOs). Garcia vs. Burgos will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, Saturday, January 25, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with a 10-round battle between undefeated heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs).

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate, tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, go on sale This Friday! December 20 at Noon ET. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Continue reading

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Victor Ortiz in make or break fight against Collazo on January 30th

By Dan Ambrose: Former WBC 147 lb. champion Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KO’s) has an important fight coming up next month on January 30th against Luis Collazo (34-5, 17 KO’s) at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. This is a tune-up bout for Ortiz scheduled for 10 rounds and not 12. Like his last fight a year and a half ago against Josesito Lopez, Ortiz is expected to win this one against Collazo.

The worry here is that if Ortiz can’t beat Collazo, and if he gets beaten or if he quits yet again, for whatever reason, his boxing career may be pretty much done as far as him being a relevant fighter.

Ortiz quit against Lopez, Marcos Maidana and someone say in his fight against Lamont Peterson when faced with adversity. Ortiz suffered a broken jaw in the Lopez fight last year in June. But Ortiz was having problems in that fight long before his jaw was broken, as he was getting nailed frequently by Lopez with silly shots that he shouldn’t have been Continue reading