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Elijah Garcia and Armando Resendiz ready to open up Canelo Alvarez vs Jermell Charlo card with a bang

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

The undercard for the undisputed super middleweight title fight between champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and challenger Jermell ‘Iron Man’ Charlo 35-1-1 (19) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night kicks off with a tasty middleweight showdown between Elijah Garcia 15-0 (12) and Armando Resendiz 14-1 (10).

Southpaw Garcia, 20, of Phoenix in Arizona is looking to keep his unbeaten record intact while 24-year-old Mexican Resendiz is looking to build on his 10th round knockout victory over former WBA and IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd 24-3 (16) in his last fight in March.

“I cannot wait for Saturday night. This is a tremendous pay-per-view card,” said Tom Brown, president of TGB Promotions.

“We open with Elijah Garcia and Armando Resendiz in an all-action fight between two guys who earned this opportunity by taking on all challenges.

“The winner of this fight will fight for a middleweight world title in 2024.”

Garcia said: “Saturday night is gonna be a great night of fights. I know everyone up here is ready to put on a show for all the fans. I’m prepared to give my best performance and I appreciate everyone who’s gonna come out and support me.

“I know Armando comes in shape and he’s really strong. He throws a lot of punches, so I have to control the pace. You saw in his last fight what happens when he controls the pace. So I’m definitely not gonna let that happen.

“I try to choose the best opponent every time. Armando was on the top of the list because he’s gonna give me experience that I need. He’s gonna prepare me for the world title. I want to get better each and every fight.

“I didn’t think my last performance was my best. I started a little slow. But I’m gonna prove that I’ve got more experience than I showed. I’m a new class fighter and I’m gonna show I’m on a different level.”

Resendiz said: “I’m very excited for what’s about to come. Garcia is a tough fighter, but I’m all about challenges and testing myself against really good opponents.

“This is a great opportunity and I’m elated to be fighting an opponent like this on a card of this magnitude. It doesn’t get any better than this.

“I like that Elijah has that attitude, because it’s gonna make it a great fight. It’s a clash of titans and most importantly, nothing is decided beforehand. We have to take it in the ring. I have to take it from him.

“We’re two young fighters who are coming for it all. You’re not gonna want to miss this fight on Saturday night.

“You’re gonna see a great fight on Saturday night and I’m looking forward to putting on a show for everyone watching.”