Mikey Garcia Thinks He Can Take Loma
Vasyl Lomachenko’s rise has taken the boxing world by storm, as he has already won titles in three weight classes so early into his professional career.
Back in May, Lomachenko knocked out Jorge Linares to capture the WBA Lightweight Title. Since then he has elected to stay and defend his gold at 135, vacating the WBO Junior Lightweight Title in the process. But one lightweight titleholder — WBC champion Mikey Garcia — doesn’t regard Lomachenko as highly.
As reported by Boxing Scene, Garcia, who faces IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. in a title unification bout on July 28, is interested in a fight with Lomachenko at some point in 2019. Garcia says the reason he isn’t impressed with Lomachenko is that he feels the competition Lomachenko has faced thus far have not been up to par and he “can’t give him the credit for beating those kind of guys.”
The fight with Linares, however, is an exception to him.
“Beating Linares, at lightweight, and making the adjustments…because I thought it was a good fight early on. Linares was doing well,” Garcia said. “And then Lomachenko comes up from being knocked down, and turns it around, and stops Linares…you have to give the man credit.
That’s the only other fight that excites me [at 135]…Lomachennko and Garcia next year is the only other fight that makes sense at lightweight for me.
And while Garcia gives credit to Lomachenko on being a great boxer, he feels the moving up in weight classes and tougher competition will get to him eventually — and Garcia feels it will be him that puts a halt to the momentum.
I just didn’t see him dominate in the way that he does in lower divisions. He fought a great champion in Jorge. He fought an experienced fighter. I have better boxing abilities than Jorge, I have better power than Jorge, and that’s why I think that I would do very well against Lomachenko.
Original Story: Boxing Scene