For one week at least, ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” will come to you on a Thursday night with a special May 1 edition from Hialeah Park, the iconic South Florida race track, and there’s an interesting main event: Robert Garcia versus Victor Manuel Cayo in a 10-round welterweight fight.
Garcia (34-3, 22 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, who is moving down in weight from junior middleweight, is riding a six-fight winning streak since a decision loss to former welterweight titlist Antonio Margarito in 2010. In his most recent fight, Garcia headlined “FNF” on Feb. 7 and won a spirited split decision against Norberto Gonzalez.
The Dominican Republic’s Cayo (32-4, 23 KOs), who will be in his second welterweight fight since moving up in weight from junior welterweight, was a longtime fringe contender at 140 pounds, although he lost when he stepped up in competition, getting stopped by Marcos Maidana, Lamont Peterson and Nate Campbell.
"Garcia is on the comeback trail,” Warriors Boxing promoter Leon Margules said. “He lost a unanimous decision (to Margarito), but that's the only defeat on his record dating back to 2004.
"Cayo is also trying to work his way back into title contention as well. He lost a tough fight last year against a real good fighter named Emmanuel Taylor. But in his most recent bout, he knocked out his opponent in the first round.”
In the 10-round co-feature, Puerto Rican middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) will face an opponent to be determined. Also on the card in a six-rounder will be middleweight James McGirt Jr. (22-3-1, 11 KOs), the son former welterweight titlist and noted trainer Buddy McGirt, who hasn’t fought since 2010.