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Hot middleweight clash added to Canelo Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo undercard

Armando Reséndiz and Elijah Garcia. Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime

Two rising stars of the middleweight division will get the chance to stake their claim to world title contention when they meet on the undercard of the undisputed super middleweight clash between champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 59-2-2 (39) and challenger Jermell Charlo 35-1-1 (19) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 30.

Armando Reséndiz 14-1 (10) gatecrashed the world rankings when he stopped former WBA and IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd 24-3 (16) in the 10th round last March.

Mexican Reséndiz , 24, is now ranked in the top 15 of all four major sanctioning bodies, including in the top 10 by the WBC, WBA and IBF.

Reséndiz will clash with 20-year-old southpaw Elijah Garcia 15-0 (12) over 10 rounds. The Phoenix, Arizona native has big plans for the future and wants to fight for a world title within a year.

“I’m blessed to be on this card. I know that on September 30 I’m gonna have the toughest fight of my career so far. Reséndiz comes strong, in shape and ready to fight,” Garcia said.

“I’m honoured to be on a card with so many other great fighters. I’m preparing to be a world champion and these tough fights are what will get me ready for that.

“This has been the best year of my career. I had a big upset early in the year and then got a hard 10-round victory. Now I’m in back-to-back pay-per-view events. It’s like a snap of the finger and I’m blowing up. I’m just training hard and preparing for a tough fight.

“I want to be a world champion at 21 years old. Fighting tough opponents like Armando will get me ready for when that opportunity comes. I know how hard it’s gonna be, but that’s the way I have to go.

“Armando is coming off a huge win and he’s young and strong. I don’t see why this fight wouldn’t be a step up for me. I’m ready for it.

“I’m just staying humble and keeping my faith strong. I don’t want to look ahead and take too big of a leap. I’m following the direction that my team is telling me to go.”

Reséndiz knows Garcia is hungry for success and is not taking him lightly.

“I expect a tough fight and I’ve trained for that. I hope that this is a fight that the fans will love. I want everyone to tune in and enjoy the action,” Reséndiz said.

“I think that I have experience on my side, but age doesn’t matter too much. When I was younger, I fought older fighters as well. How you prepare is what really matters and I think we’re both going to prepare in the right way.

“I showed how hungry I was when I beat Jarrett Hurd. I have big goals in the sport. I want to be a main event staple and that was a big step toward that.

“I’m really excited to have Manny Robles in my corner. We mesh really well. You’re going to see more of that in this fight. We train hard and it’s reflected inside of the ring.”