Garcia Feels Disadvantage At 140 Pounds
For the first time since January 2017, Mikey Garcia will be fighting at the lightweight limit of 135 pounds, and looks to unify the IBF and WBC lightweight titles in Los Angeles.
Garcia spent his last two fights at 14 pounds, with decision wins over Adrien Broner and Sergey Lipinets, but feels comfortable back at 135 pounds.
“Yes, I’m comfortable. We had, like I said, a long camp with nine weeks. And the right eating, the right diet allows me to be able to fluctuate in weight and come back down to 135. I feel strong. I feel fast. I feel very healthy,” Garcia said.
“Well, I feel comfortable at both divisions. I feel fast and strong in either division. But I do feel that I’m at a disadvantage when I’m fighting at super lightweight, 140 pounds. Those guys are naturally bigger and carry more weight. But I feel the same as far as my abilities go. And that’s why I’m able to fight in both divisions because I feel fast and strong in either one.”
“Fighting at lightweight, I think it’s more of an even category, weight class. Even though my opponent this time around is a lot taller and has a lot of reach, we weigh the same. I don’t feel that that’s going to be any factor, when it comes to fight night. But I feel comfortable really. I honestly do feel comfortable in both divisions.”
Garcia is also interested in a move to welterweight of 147 pounds, looking at IBF champion Errol Spence.
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