Garcia Considering To Stay At 140
In the afterglow of winning a world title in a fourth weight class, Mikey Garcia was considering a return to the lightweight division for a unification fight with Jorge Linares for their respective world titles.
Garcia will have to wait on that as it was revealed Tuesday, that Linares will face Vasyl Lomachenko on May 12th at Madison Square Garden.
With that battle happening, Garcia may staying at 140 pounds, and according to his brother and head trainer, Robert Garcia, there are more opportunities awaiting him at junior welterweight.
“Right now it is most likely that he will remain at 140 pounds. It was his [second] fight [at the weight] and he looked good. He took some risks on some occasions and he was hit, but we were surprised by just how well he did at the weight. I think at 140 he’s very strong, and we will see what happens,” Robert Garcia told ESPN Deportes.
The IBF has given Garcia a deadline of March 22nd to decide what to do with his newly won junior welterweight title. If Garcia gives up the title, he will free to do anything he pleases, but if he decides to keep the championship, he will need to make a mandatory defense against Ivan Baranchyk. Baranchyk earned the opportunity with a TKO victory over Petr Petrov in Deadwood, South Dakota.
Original Story: Boxing Scene