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SecondsOut Trainer of the Year – Robert Garcia


Garcia being interviewed by our own Radio Rahim
Garcia being interviewed by our own Radio Rahim

By Matthew Hurley: With veteran trainer Freddie Roach experiencing his worst year in the corner and Fernando Beltrain concentrating primarily on one fighter, Juan Manuel Marquez, it was time for a member of the new guard to step out of the shadows and lay claim as the trainer to watch. Robert Garcia made himself known in 2011 and now, after a stellar 2012, he is SecondsOut Trainer of the Year.

Garcia, who handles Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios, Kelly Pavlik and Marcos Maidana had an unusually successful year with his stable of fighters – particularly with pound for pound entrant Donaire who fought, what for these days, was an unheard of four times.

Donaire moved up from bantamweight to junior featherweight beating Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Jeffrey Mathebula. He then defeated highly rated Toshiaki Nishioka before stopping the popular Jorge Arce in the third round.

 


Rios, one of the most exciting fighters on the scene, took part in a fight of the year candidate against Mike Alvarado, stopping him in the seventh round of a wicked brawl.

 

Garcia has also been finding ongoing success with reclamation project Kelly Pavlik.  Pavlik has won three fights under Garcia’s watch and is in line for a shot at Andre Ward next year.

 

With potential big money bouts coming his fighters’ way in 2013 Garcia could start to become the go to trainer Freddie Roach has been for the past decade.  If 2012 is any indication Robert Garcia is the trainer to watch in the future.

 

December 30, 2012



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