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Hollywood fight card includes Victoria's Garcia

By MIKE FORMAN
July 10, 2012 at 2:10 a.m.


Hollywood Fight Night

• Judy Garcia, Victoria vs. Holly Lawson, Los Angeles

• Thursday, Florentine Gardens

Judy Garcia is ready to make her Hollywood debut.

Garcia won't be coming to a theater near you, but she is hoping for a knockout performance.

Garcia will travel to Los Angeles to take part in Hollywood Fight Night on Thursday at Florentine Gardens.

The Victoria boxer will carry a 3-1 record into her four-round, 145-pound bout against Holly Lawson of Los Angeles.

"I've worked hard," Garcia said. "I've really outdone myself as far as working hard. She's a tougher opponent, but I feel good about my chances."

Garcia, 35, ended a four-year absence from the ring in May when she captured a unanimous decision over Tammy Franks of San Antonio in Victoria.

"I got a little tired," Garcia said. "I've been doing a lot of running so I should be in better shape for this fight."

Garcia isn't worried about fighting the 34-year-old Lawson (3-2) on her home turf.

"My first three fights were all on the road so I'm used to traveling," she said. "Actually, fighting at home was harder for me because everybody was watching."

Garcia has seen snippets of Lawson fighting on the Internet and has developed a plan.

"She's bigger but that helps me," Garcia said. "I've been sparring with my dad (and trainer Johnny Garcia) and he's bigger so I'm used to it. I've been working on throwing a lot harder punches. I've done a lot to get ready for the fight and I feel like I've put it all together."

Johnny Garcia has been impressed by what he's seen from his daughter in the gym.

"She's gotten better than last time," he said. "She's worked hard on her legs. She just needs to be more aggressive."

Judy Garcia got back into boxing to help support her two children and she is aware what a win over Lawson could do for her future in the sport.

"This is a big opportunity for me," she said. "I know if I do well, it will open many doors for me."

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