Three-division world champion—who shoots for his fourth belt Feb. 10 against 140-pound titleholder Sergey Lipinets—talks about giving back to his community.
Mikey Garcia fights with the heart of the champion, but tomorrow he’ll champion a cause close to his heart.
Garcia will be the lead host of a Christmas toy giveaway for neighborhood children at the Last Round Bar and Grill in Ontario, California.
His longtime friend, Martin Castillo, is the owner of the Last Round Bar and Grill. He offered to host a fundraiser for children at his restaurant.
“There are boxes and boxes and boxes of toys of a wide variety. Some underprivileged families don’t have the funds or means to buy their kids toys,” Garcia said. “Neighborhood families and anyone else is welcome to bring their kids. People who want a photo or an autograph from me can have that, also. There are going to be a lot of happy kids.”
The Last Bar and Grill was the site of a December 9 fundraiser for Jack Coleman, the son of a Garcia family friend who has been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.
“ Neighborhood families and anyone else is welcome to bring their kids. There are going to be a lot of happy kids. ” Three-time World Champion Mikey Garcia, on his toy drive Dec. 17 in Ontario, California.
The WBC presented Jack with an honorable championship belt for being an inspiring champion in his life, and presented his mother and father with a medal of courage and support.
During the event they auctioned off a Mikey Garcia VIP experience. The highest bidder, Eric Dunkin, won the chance to come to the gym to watch Garcia and to climb into the ring for light sparring.
“Lots of people showed up, purchased merchandise and we raised money for his treatments,” Garcia said.
Garcia will seek to add a world title in a fourth division on Feb. 10 when takes on Sergey Lipinets for his 140-pound belt at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
“After already fighting at 140 in my last fight with Adrien Broner, what’s challenging and intriguing about this fight is I’m facing another champion in a fourth division,” said Garcia. Omar (Figueroa) was available, Robert Easter Jr. was available, but Lipinets is very strong and holding my opportunity at a fourth title, and it’s another division that I’ll be winning a title in.”
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