De La Hoya Serious About Linares vs. Garcia

Boxing legend and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya has been with one of his top stars, current WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares. The pairing are hoping that a deal can be worked out for Linares to face off with WBC champion Mikey Garcia in a title unification bout.

Golden Boy President Eric Gomez reportedly met with Garcia on Wednesday, and Gomez claims that the meeting went well and Garcia is on the board with the idea of title unification. De La Hoya wants the bout to be signed on for as soon as possible.

“I’m letting everyone know that we are serious about making the fight. No interim fights, straight to this fight. We want the fight to happen in the first quarter of next year. Linares is all in. They’re both world champions. My message to Mikey is, Do you want to be great or do you just want to be a fighter who gets [television] dates and doesn’t fight for legacy or to one day be in the Hall of Fame? This fight with Linares will get him paid and at the same time possibly put him in the Hall of Fame by building his legacy.”

Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) most recently defeated Adrien Broner back in July. Garcia won his WBC title back in January, when he defeated Dejan Zlatičanin. Linares (43-3, 27 KOs), meanwhile, has won 12 straight bouts and has made three successful defenses of the WBA title. Prior to picking up the WBA title, Linares won and made two successful defenses of the WBC title that Garcia now holds.

According to De La Hoya, he has offered a 50-50 split of the revenue made from this bout. In addition, he says Garcia, who is a promotional free agent, would not have to agree to any further fights or a promotional deal; it can be a one-and-done fight for the WBC lightweight king.

Garcia was in talks for a junior middleweight bout with Miguel Cotto on Dec. 2, but Garcia declined because he was asked to sign a long-term deal.

“We have Linares and, as his promoter, I believe in Linares, and we want to make the best fights for the fans, and we’re not going stand in the way of making those big fights.”

Original Story: ESPN

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