Garcia Relinquishes WBC Lightweight Title
After being given 10 days to deliberate a decision, Mikey Garcia has elected to keep the IBF Junior Welterweight Title and stay in the 140-pound weight division. As a result, Garcia is relinquishing the WBC Lightweight Championship.
As reported by Bad Left Hook, Garcia will now be scheduled to face Ivan Baranchyk, who the IBF formally named the mandatory challenger to the title on March 22. Garcia and Baranchyk will now be given time to reach a purse agreement.
Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) claimed the IBF championship on March 10, when he took a unanimous decision victory over Sergey Lipinets. Garcia won the WBC title with a third-round knockout of Dejan Zlatičanin back in January 2017 but made no defenses of the title, electing to move back up to 140 for a July 2017 bout with Adrien Broner — which Garcia won by decision.
Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs) most recently defeated Petr Petrov back on March 9 with an eighth-round TKO. Garcia will represent his toughest fight to date.
Original Story: Bad Left Hook