Linares Hopes Garcia Deal Gets Done
WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares wants a deal to be reached with former three division world champion Mikey Garcia, who holds the WBC title at 135-pounds.
Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez, who handles acts as the promoter for Linares wants a deal with Garcia, the mandatory challenger to Garcia to be done quickly, especially with the WBC ordering a fight between the two.
According to Linares in an interview with ESPN Deportes, there have been communications with Garcia and the two of them are on the same page on staging a fight.
“He sent me a message, I sent him a message, he agrees to fight me, I agree to fight him, everyone wants the fight. It will not be an easy fight for him or for me. He has his audience, I have mine. He has my respect too, I think he’s one of the best at 135 pounds. He is the one that I want, we only wait for the promoter to reach an agreement and I think that it’s better to face Mikey, not so much monetarily, but for motivation, to fight with the best of the best, because he is the best and that is what I want and he wants, nothing more than to stage the fight.”
“I would come at my best, the experience I have today favors me a lot. He is a good boxer, quite tough, he is Mexican – and I have always had respect for Mexicans even though I lost with three of them. I have no problem with that. Now I’m on another level, I’m in the best moment of my career but I know it will not be easy, neither for him nor for me.”