Robert Garcia Doubts Mikey Will Fight Loma
One of the more intriguing fights that could be talked among the boxing community right now is a possible showdown between WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia and WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
In fact, former unified light heavyweight champion Andre Ward has backed this potential super fight of a bout. But the trainer and brother of Garcia, Robert, doubts such a fight could happen anytime soon.
Mikey Garcia will be competing in his second straight junior welterweight bout next month when he faces Sergey Lipinets for the IBF Junior Welterweight Title. Garcia will remain the WBC lightweight champion regardless of the result. Lomachenko, meanwhile, is currently unsure if he will stay at 130 or move up to 135.
And Robert Garcia says Lomachenko would have to prove himself capable of competing at the higher weight class before a fight between him and his brother.
“I think with Loma it’s more about when will they be ready to fight Mikey, not [when] Mikey [is] ready to fight Loma,” Robert Garcia said. “I really believe size is a big difference. People [have] seen it, the whole boxing world [saw] it with two Olympic gold medalists fighting each other. But Rigo was just too small.
Loma actually said it after the fight, that he doesn’t really wanna get credit for that win because it was just a big size difference. And I think Mikey’s in the same situation if we’re trying to challenge Lomachenko.
And Mikey Garcia’s future is uncertain following the Lipinets bout, regardless of the result. There is still a good chance he could go back to 135 and fight WBA Lightweight Champion Jorge Linares in a title unification bout this coming summer — pending Linares successfully defends the title on January 27 against Mercito Gesta.
Robert Garcia wants to make it clear he isn’t dismissing Lomachenko’s skills, but the Ukranian boxing champion is just too small and the timing isn’t right.
“I think, pound-for-pound, [Lomachenko is] one or two in the rankings. But size does make a big difference and I think Mikey’s just way too [much] bigger than him. I think in the future, if Loma wins a title at 135 and dominates the division, as Mikey’s doing, or Mikey would be at 140 by then, then it’s a makeable fight.
But it looks more like maybe in the future, not now. I think now, we’re more close to making the Linares fight.