Roberto Garcia
Roberto Garcia

Roberto Garcia

“La Amenaza”

RECORD

38 - 3 - 0

KOs

23

Weight 150 lbs (68.18 kg)

Age 36

Home Weslaco, Texas, USA 

Complete Stats

Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia has overcome childhood tragedy and setbacks early in his career to become a title contender at 147 pounds. Read Bio

Last Fight

win vs James Stevenson

Apr 24, 2015 / UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois

The aggressor throughout, Garcia ground down Stevenson and came out ahead on all three cards, 77-74, 78-73 and 78-73.

Latest News

Latest
Nov 24, 2015 / Danny Garcia, Roberto Garcia, Garcia vs Guerrero

One former champion down, another one on deck. Welcome to the 147-pound division, Danny Garcia.

Jun 15, 2015 / Spence vs Garcia, Errol Spence Jr., Roberto Garcia

It seemed as if Errol Spence Jr. was auditioning for potential 147-pound opponents, with past titleholders Andre Berto, Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter and current champion Keith Thurman all sitting at ringside.

Jun 13, 2015 / Roberto Garcia, Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter, Adrien Broner, Broner vs Porter

The Battle for Ohio and the Battle for Texas get heated on the same night when Cleveland’s Shawn Porter challenges Cincinnati’s Adrien Broner, and Houston’s Roberto Garcia takes on Dallas’ Errol Spence Jr. on Saturday at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fights

Fights

Win vs James Stevenson

Apr 24, 2015 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois

Roberto Garcia WINS against James Stevenson by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Breidis Prescott 27-5-0

Jul 25, 2014 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Breidis Prescott by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Victor Manuel Cayo 32-4-0

May 01, 2014 Hialeah Park Race Track, Hialeah, Florida, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Victor Manuel Cayo by TKO in Round 6 of 10

Win vs Norberto Gonzalez 20-2-0

Feb 07, 2014 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Norberto Gonzalez by SD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Larry Smith 10-17-1

Nov 02, 2013 State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Larry Smith by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Miguel Angel Munguia 29-28-1

Aug 16, 2013 Casa de Amistad, Harlingen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Miguel Angel Munguia by TKO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Antwone Smith 21-3-1

Mar 23, 2012 Convention Center, Pharr, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Antwone Smith by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Calvin Odom 15-8-0

May 06, 2011 Quiet Cannon, Montebello, California, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Calvin Odom by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Jose Flores 45-10-0

Mar 25, 2011 Commerce Casino, Commerce, California, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Jose Flores by UD in Round 8 of 8

LOSS vs Antonio Margarito 37-6-0

May 08, 2010 La Feria de San Marcos , Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico

Antonio Margarito WINS against Roberto Garcia by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Jose Medina 15-17-0

Mar 05, 2010 Casa de Amistad, Harlingen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Jose Medina by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Santiago Icabalceta 6-1-4

Sep 19, 2009 Geko Plaza Real Cariari , Desamparados, Costa Rica

Roberto Garcia WINS against Santiago Icabalceta by TKO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Wilmer Hernandez 6-1-0

May 16, 2009 Gecko Tower, Mall Real Cariari, Costa Rica

Roberto Garcia WINS against Wilmer Hernandez by RTD in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Humberto Aranda 37-15-0

Dec 05, 2008 Gimnasio de la Villa Olímpica , Desamparados, Costa Rica

Roberto Garcia WINS against Humberto Aranda by TKO in Round 10 of 10

No Contest vs Freddy Hernandez 23-1-0

Nov 30, 2007 Jacob Brown Auditorium, Brownsville, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia Freddy Hernandez by NC in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Vance Garvey 7-26-5

Sep 08, 2007 Edinburg Baseball Stadium, Edinburg, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Vance Garvey by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Carson Jones 12-4-1

Jun 08, 2007 Livestock Showground, Mercedes, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Carson Jones by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Mikel Williams 7-17-4

Dec 09, 2006 Greg’s Ballroom, Mission, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Mikel Williams by KO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Homer Gibbins 44-14-0

Sep 30, 2006 Edinburg Baseball Stadium, Edinburg, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Homer Gibbins by TKO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Juan Carlos Rubio 33-7-3

Mar 10, 2006 La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Juan Carlos Rubio by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Enrico Lane 17-3-1

Nov 18, 2005 Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Enrico Lane by TKO in Round 6 of 10

Win vs Jose Medina 11-3-0

Aug 25, 2005 La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Jose Medina by TKO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Ramon Gomez 7-3-0

Feb 26, 2005 Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Ramon Gomez by KO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Chance Leggett 11-4-0

Dec 17, 2004 Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Chance Leggett by TKO in Round 5 of 8

LOSS vs Ian MacKillop 17-3-0

Apr 24, 2004 Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, USA

Ian MacKillop WINS against Roberto Garcia by SD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Walter Herrera 8-10-0

Feb 19, 2004 Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Walter Herrera by TKO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Darien Ford 9-5-0

Dec 12, 2003 Rio Grande Valley Speedway, McAllen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Darien Ford by TKO in Round 4 of 8

Loss vs Calvin Odom 12-4-0

Apr 29, 2003 La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia LOSES to Calvin Odom by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Abel Hernandez 5-6-1

Jan 30, 2003 La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Abel Hernandez by KO in Round 2 of 6

Win vs Danny Reyes 16-8-1

Nov 21, 2002 La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Danny Reyes by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Damone Wright 15-18-1

Oct 19, 2002 Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Damone Wright by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Edson Madrid 4-2-1

Jul 12, 2002 La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Edson Madrid by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Anthony Wilson 4-3-1

Apr 19, 2002 Edinburg Baseball Stadium, Edinburg, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Anthony Wilson by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Jesus Pena 0-1-0

Dec 07, 2001 Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Roberto Garcia WINS against Jesus Pena by TKO in Round 3 of 0

Win vs Eloy Suarez 3-0-0

Oct 25, 2001 La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Eloy Suarez by TKO in Round 4 of 8

Win vs Leonel Ramos 0-0-0

Jun 29, 2001 Mexico

Roberto Garcia WINS against Leonel Ramos by TKO in Round 2 of 0

Win vs Evaristo Rivera 0-0-0

Jun 01, 2001 Mexico

Roberto Garcia WINS against Evaristo Rivera by TKO in Round 2 of 0

Win vs Jesus Pena 0-0-0

Apr 27, 2001 Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico

Roberto Garcia WINS against Jesus Pena by KO in Round 2 of 0

Win vs Ruben Garcia 0-4-1

Apr 12, 2001 Jacob Brown Auditorium, Brownsville, Texas, USA

Roberto Garcia WINS against Ruben Garcia by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Armando Lopez 0-0-0

Feb 23, 2001 Diaz Ordaz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Roberto Garcia WINS against Armando Lopez by KO in Round 2 of 0

Win vs Norberto Flores 0-1-0

Jan 26, 2001 Mexico

Roberto Garcia WINS against Norberto Flores by KO in Round 1 of 0

Stats

Roberto Garcia “La Amenaza”

  • WINS 38
  • LOSSES 3
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 23

Weight 150 lbs (68.18 kg)

Height 5 '10 " (1.78 m)

Reach 72 " (183 cm)

  • Born

    March 26, 1980
  • Age

    36
  • Country

    Mexico
  • Born in

    Reynosa, Tamaulipas
  • Trains in

    Weslaco, TX
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    220
  • KO Percentage

    55%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Bio

Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia has been conquering adversity nearly his entire life. He devastatingly lost both of his parents as a child, which derailed his life into adulthood, and experienced two losses in the ring early in his career. But the Mexico native has continued to get better with age, and is now a contender for a world title.

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Garcia was born in the Mexican border town of Reynosa, but moved to Houston with his family as a child.

He watched his father teach his older brothers the craft of boxing in their garage-turned-gym, quickly picking up the nickname of “La Amenaza,” translated as “The Menace,” as he imitated them while they trained.

At the age of 10, Garcia’s life changed forever when he walked into his parents’ bedroom and saw his father shoot his mother to death before turning the gun on himself.

Garcia lost direction in his life as he bounced from house to house, but he reunited with boxing in high school after a local amateur challenged him to a fight.

He embarked on a successful amateur career, winning three consecutive Rio Grande Valley Golden Gloves Championships and finishing with an overall record of 23-3 with 17 knockouts.

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Dealing with early disappointment

Garcia returned to his birthplace of Reynosa to prepare to take the next step in his career, and made his professional debut in Mexico at the age of 20 in January 2001, scoring a first-round KO of Norberto Flores.

Fighting exclusively in Mexico and Texas, Garcia won his first 13 fights in a 24-month period, with nine of the wins coming by KO.

In April 2003, the 23-year-old Garcia was beaten for the first time, dropping an eight-round unanimous decision to Calvin Odom in McAllen, Texas.

After knocking out his next two opponents, Garcia experienced another setback when he lost an eight-round split decision to Ian MacKillop in Houston in April 2004.

Roberto Garcia and Antonio Margarito
Roberto Garcia exchanges punches with Antonio Margarito in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on May 8, 2010.

Beginning to gain respect

Ranging in weight from 147 to 160 pounds, the Weslaco, Texas, resident won his next 13 decisions, with just three opponents managing to go the distance.

Falling in the midst of that streak was a meeting with rising contender Freddy Hernandez in Brownsville, Texas, in November 2007.

Garcia floored the 23-1 Hernandez with a left hook at the end of Round 2, but the fighters butted heads in the next round, cutting Hernandez, and the bout was declared a no contest.

Garcia finally got another break in May 2010 when he took on former 147-pound champion Antonio Margarito in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Fighting before an overwhelming pro-Margarito crowd, Garcia was knocked to the canvas in the first round, but he managed to stand toe-to-toe with the heavily favored Margarito for 10 rounds in losing a unanimous decision.

Garcia returned to the ring in March 2011, defeating former title contender Jose Flores in an eight-round unanimous decision in Commerce, California.

He then avenged his first professional loss less than two months later, winning an eight-round unanimous decision over Calvin Odom.

Roberto Garcia and Breidis Prescott
Roberto Garcia lands a left hand against Breidis Prescott during their fight in Chicago on July 25, 2014.

Leaping into title contention

In March 2012, Garcia took another step forward three days before his 33rd birthday, when he outworked Antwone Smith in Pharr, Texas, to win a 10-round unanimous decision in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

After winning twice in 2013, Garcia agreed to challenge Norberto Gonzalez in Chicago in February 2014, shedding 17 pounds for the bout in less than two weeks as a fill-in opponent.

Despite having little time to prepare for the fight, Garcia won the Friday Night Fights main event in a 10-round split decision.

Fighting at 147 pounds for the first time since 2007, Garcia stalked Victor Manuel Cayo around the ring in Hialeah, Florida, in May 2014 before gaining a sixth-round TKO.

Garcia continued his push for a title shot in July 2014 in his third bout of the year on Friday Night Fights, again applying relentless pressure as he won a 10-round unanimous decision over Breidis Prescott in Chicago.

Roberto Garcia and James Stevenson
Roberto Garcia delivers a right hand during his win over James Stevenson in Chicago on April 24, 2015.

Getting back in the swing of things

Garcia returned to the ring April 24, when he faced James Stevenson at Chicago's UIC Pavilion in a Premier Boxing Champions broadcast on Spike TV.

Stevenson knocked Garcia to the canvas in the opening round, but Garcia battled back to take control of the fight.

Garcia remained aggressive throughout the eight-round bout and wore Stevenson down as the fight progressed, winning a unanimous decision.