Cuba’s talented prospect Luis Garcia is hoping that 2016 will be the year that he finally reaches the higher echelons of the light heavyweight division following a four absence from the sport.
The 28 year-old – who for years lived in Cork – recently returned to boxing and scored a first round stoppage victory over Baltimore’s Willie Williams towards the end of December. Prior to the fight, Garcia had not fought since 2011.
The light heavyweight now resides in New York and remains promoted by Lou DiBella – despite issues that have overseen his career over the past four years.
“It’s hard to explain why I have been away for so long. Once I signed the new promotional contract, there were problems between DiBella and my previous manager and it stopped me from fighting. Fortunately, that is in the past now and I am back,” Garcia exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I now have a whole new set up with a new manager and coach, so things are really looking promising. It’s been quite easy for me to make my return to the ring, mainly because I have continued training and sparring the whole time I have been away.”
“The fight in December was taken at short notice and I was a bit ring rusty, but it was just great to get back in the ring and restart my career,” he added.
Garcia now wants to get himself in the mix at world level as soon as possible and is likely to feature on the undercard of the blockbuster welterweight clash between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter next.
“I’m feeling great at the minute and we are just looking for the big fights now. There is no point in me fighting bums and I have told my team that I only want tough opponents until I get that big opportunity – I want to be fighting regularly from now.
“My next fight should be in March on the Thurman-Porter undercard, so it’s good exposure for me. I’m ready for the top level and I know and the people around me believe that I can become a world champion – I just need to get the chance.
“By the end of the year, the plan is to have either an eliminator or a title fight,” Garcia concluded.
Matt Horan is a lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123