From Sean Jones: Alex Ariza says it wasn’t the Mikey Garcia he knew that has been utterly dominated by IBF welterweight champion Errol ‘the reality ’ Spence Jr. this season at a onesided 12 round decision wipeout loss on March 16 at the AT&T Stadium at Arlington, Texas. Ariza, who worked with Garcia before being a strength & conditioning trainer, blamed his loss on him not being prepared physically with training.
Ariza says Mikey (39-1, 30 KOs) looked to be mentally there, however he couldn’t force his own body answer accomplish what it wanted him to accomplish for him to pull off the upset against the bigger fighter Spence Jr.. The result has been Spence winning every round by the judges’ dozens of 120-107, 120-108 and 120-108.
“At watching Mikey, you could see he was seeing what he was doing. He was catching shots” Ariza believed to Fighthype regarding his observations from watching the Spence vs. Garcia struggle. “I presumed he’d a few huge shots from Spence. It never looked to me as if he was hurt during the struggle. Maybe a human shot. When he was catching shots, he was still also looking. You could see he was believing what he wished to accomplish, but his own body wasn’t doing what his mind was requesting it to accomplish at the minute he wanted it,” Ariza said.
It didn’t help Mikey he was moving up two weight classes to fight arguably the best fighter at the 147 lb weight class. What made this more of a despairing sitution to get Garcia is Spence is large enough to struggle at junior middle weight, so Mikey was for all intents and purposes moving up three divisions into carrying the struggle. Mikey looked like the weaker fighter against Lipinets, along with also his faced appeared to be he’d been stomped on by the close of the competition. Seeing what Lipinets did to Mikey, it was pretty clear that Spence was going to have a field day in doing even worse. Surprisingly, Mikey’s face didn’t look marked up at the conclusion of the struggle, but just because Spence wasn’t moving after him how Lipinets was. Spence only fought hard in the ninth, and he knocked the stuffing out of Mikey in that round. ‘d Spence fought like this at every circular, Mikey’s trainer Robert Garcia would have likely thrown into the towel by the third round. Spence spent much time boxing, and that permitted Mikey to survive.
“I worked with Mikey over per year. I’t seen him struggle big guys 175 pounds at the gymnasium,” Ariza said. “What I watched, this wasn’t Mikey to me. I think he’s being a fantastic sportsman, saying something wasn’t right, but to me, this wasn’t Mikey. I think there was a thing that wasn’t working how he wanted it to, because I really could see he was attempting to set things up. His human body wasn’t responding. That’s my opinion. On the contrary, it was a practice issue. “In case the driver is good, the racecar should execute. In this case, the racecar wasn’t able to perform. He was ready to performhe was cognitive, so he was lucid, and he was still thinking. He was setting things up, but his own body wasn’t doing what he was requesting it ” Ariza said.
All that unworthy bulking up that Mikey failed in Victor Conte’s SNAC facility in San Carlos, California, was a big waste of time Mikey shouldn’t’ve bulked up so much, since it slowed down him, which makes his shots slower, and it hurt his endurance. Ariza is right that Mikey was visiting things he desired to make the most of against Spence, however his own body wouldn’t let himbecause he was carrying around too much useless muscle on his fame. He put on a few fat too. He wasn’t shredded in the way that normal fighters are once they’re inshape. Garcia looked like just like a normal gymnasium lifter this one sees when working out. He didn’t have a human body that looked well-trained. This arises from Mikey eating too much, and maybe not doing cardio to burn off the extra calories that he was eating.
“I’ve trained Mikey before, and I know very well what he looks like when he’s been competed inshape,” Ariza said. “his human body wasn’t doing what he wanted it to. Everyone will declare they’d have achieved this, and done that. I don’t know. Ido know Terry and I might have done way better than this, so far as the physical outlook. We all know what Mikey resembles when he’s been trained and also he ’s in shape. We’t done tremendous work with him. He’s a machine, however he didn’t look like once I’d seen him. More to the point, I’ve seen him result from two month layoff, and then now he ’d sparred guys 160, 170 pounds. Again, to me, this didn’t look like Mikey. That’s our work. In the event the driver is 100%, and the car is s–, how much does the driver perform? I saw the driver [Mikey] looked good. Mikey looked like he was cognitive, as he was believing in there. He didn’t look like he was struggling. His thighs didn’t look the way they do. It didn’t look like Mikey,” Ariza said.
Ariza isn’t giving Spence too much credit, is it? It might not have mattered how well trained Mikey was to get the Spence struggle. It comes down to Spence being truly a special talent. He’s a 2012 U.S Olympian with boxing abilities, power and size. Mikey wasn’t an Olympian. Mikey has won his battles along with his hitting ability. When he had to show several boxing skills within the Spence struggle, he couldn’t do it. He didn’t hold the ability. Mikey looked just like he wasn’t prepared to go all out to set up the needed effort to attempt to win the struggle Spence. Mikey seemed more focused on surviving the fill 1 2 rounds than attempting to gain the struggle.
In case Mikey wants to add Ariza to his own team to try and improve his conditioning, they can stay at welterweight and try to work his way to position to get a rematch with Spence. It might no matter what kind of shape Ariza can whip Mikey into because of his struggles at 147. Ariza cando anything around Mikey’s low job rate. That’s fault of his trainer Robert Garcia for not seeing that problem a long time ago and fixing it.