Garcia Still Wants Lomachenko Bout

While Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) has stated that he plans to move back to lightweight after his junior welterweight encounter against Adrien Broner, which takes place this weekend at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, it really depends on the opportunities that exist in the 135-pound class.

His brother and co-trainer, Robert Garcia, told”Look, I know because we talk a lot. He tells me what he’s like to do and I also feel the same way. If there’s no fight at 135 that makes sense before the end of the year like (Jorge) Linares or (Vasyl) Lomachenko, if Lomachenko was to move up in weight – he said he’d like to fight Mikey – and he’s fighting a week after Mikey. So the timing is perfect for the end of the year for Mikey to fight at 135 against Lomachenko or Linares if they are available.”

Linares – who holds the WBA title at 135 – is slated to return on a date in September, possibly on the 23rd of the month, and the sanctioning body recently ordered him to make a mandatory defense against Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campblell.

Lomachenko will return to the ring on August 5th, when he defends his WBO super featherweight title for the second time, against Miguel Marriaga.

Currently, Garcia holds the WBC version of the lightweight title having stopped Dejan Zlaticanin in three back on January 28th.

It’s clear that Garcia wants to go big game hunting and they will be flexible in the weight class that they are in to achieve that.

“If neither of those guys are available for November, December, then Mikey might continue at 140 or even move up to 147,” said the veteran trainer.

“We talk about that, there are fights at 147 that we wouldn’t mind taking. These guys that have moved up in weight, also.”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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