Garcia: “Give Me Linares Now”

WBC champion Mikey Garcia wants to fight Jorge Linares ‘as soon as possible’ in a unification bout to determine the best lightweight in the world.

The American was impressed by Linares as he retained the WBA title with a unanimous points decision victory over Anthony Crolla in Manchester at the weekend.

Garcia claimed the WBC belt with an explosive knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin in January and has targeted a potential summer bout with Linares.

"Congratulations to Jorge," Garcia told Showtime Sports.

"He looked great. He obviously performed better than on the first night. This time he out-boxed Crolla a lot easier, showed skill, showed flexibility, moving around the ring, combinations, dropped him with that uppercut.

"I think it would be a great, great fight with me. I look forward to that. He didn’t get cut. I don’t see him injured, so I think we can get to work and maybe fight this summer."

Linares appears to have welcomed a future fight with Garcia after admitting he wants to fight the ‘best opponents’ in his division.

"Now I want to go back to the United States and get the biggest fights, the best fights against the biggest opponents," Linares told Sky Sports.

"I’m ready to fight everybody."

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