Garcia & Linares Must Start Talks March 12

The World Boxing Council (WBC) is requiring that WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) and mandatory challenger Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) begin negotiations in March.

The WBC made the order so long as the two men retained their respective titles. Linares retained his WBA Lightweight Title recently, defeating Mercito Gesta via unanimous decision. The undefeated Garcia is scheduled to challenge Sergey Lipinets for the IBF Welterweight Title. The bout was scheduled for February 10, but an injury forced the postponement of the bout to March 10.

This will be the second fight in a row Garcia competes at welterweight. Back in July, he scored a victory over Adrien Broner. Should Garica defeat Lipinets, he will have to make a decision as to if he’ll return to 130 or if he’ll stay at the heavier weight class.

The WBC ordered the two to meet last year, but they could not agree to terms.

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