Born Raul Garcia Hirales, this professional boxer hails from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. He is also known as Raul “Rayito” Garcia in some promotional fights. Not much can be said about this boxer, as he was easily overlooked probably due to the unpopular weight class, the Minimumweight division, he is in. Despite being in the said division, he successfully stacked up his wins, with about two-thirds of his wins coming by way of knockout. He silently made his way to the top, and made him eligible to fight for the Minimumweight Championship.
The highlight of his career occurred just recently, on June 14, 2008 at his hometown of La Paz, Mexico. Raul “Rayito” Garcia defeated Filipino boxer and then-IBF Minimumweight Champion Florante Condes by unanimous decision to become the current IBF Minimumweight champion. However, this went without controversy, as initially it was announced as a unanimous decision but was really a split decision in favor of Garcia. The judges allegedly made a split decision, with two judges scoring 112-115 each in favor of Garcia and Condes, and with one judge scoring an outright 110-118 in favor of Garcia, despite the fact that Garcia was knocked out in the final round by Condes.
Raul Garcia has a bright future ahead of him. Having a professional record of 23 wins, with 15 KOs, no losses, and one draw, this young boxer has so much ahead of him. Holding the title added more credentials to his brilliant early career. Being the current champion, he has caught the public eye. Sooner or later, Garcia may as well be slated for extravagant main events against worthwhile opponents. Nonetheless, the title he holds now elevated him from being a boxer in the background to a famous professional boxer.