Garcia: Winning 4th Division Title Was Too Great To Pass Up
On Tuesday, Sergey Lipinets and Mikey Garcia met for a press conference announcing their fight at San Antonio’s AlamoDome, on February 10th.
During the press conference, Garcia claimed that the potential of winning a fourth world title in as many divisions was a strong allure.
“This opportunity to win a title in a fourth division was too great to pass on. It’s hard to secure fights like this. I’m happy everything came together so we can give the fans a great show.”
“Winning a fourth title was the big draw for me in making this fight happen. To make history like that is something that really motivates me. I know that I have a lot more to accomplish in the sport, but this is a great start. This is the direction I want to go in.”
Garcia feels that his victory in 2017 against Adrien Broner was a great launching pad for Garcia, following a two year layoff that kept him away from boxing from 2014-16.
“Last year was a great year for my return. It started with a world title win for a third division title and then I had the big victory over Adrien Broner in the summer. I’m looking for even bigger things in 2018 and this last year really paved the path for that.”
His opponent and the defending IBF junior welterweight champion, Sergey Lipinets was very open about the challenge presented by Garcia.
“This is the biggest challenge that I’ve had in my career. Mikey is a big star, but I’m very competitive and I want to show the world what I can do.”
“Mikey is a very good chess player. People underestimate his ability to think in the ring. So I can’t just go in there with a style that someone else has used against him. We’re going to work hard on the best game plan for what I can do.”
Even though Lipinets claims it will be a difficult fight, he doesn’t feel like he is at a disadvantage walking into the AlamoDome.
“If I didn’t think I was ready for this fight then I wouldn’t have taken it. We have a plan and we’ll use all the experience I’ve gained from my career to execute it.”