Garcia To Vacate WBC Lightweight Title
Mikey Garcia’s time at lightweight is reportedly coming to an end, as he will vacate his WBC lightweight title this week.
Garcia, who was last seen fighting at welterweight earlier this year against Errol Spence, plans to fight at 140 pounds at junior welterweight, and will become WBC’s “champion emeritus” in honor of his two-year reign.
Garcia has only defended the title once, in a July 2018 unification fight with then IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. Garcia would vacate the IBF title after being ordered to face mandatory challenger Richard Commey, focusing on facing Errol Specne Jr. at welterweight.
Garcia’s “champion emeritus” status grants him a title shot at any point the California native wants to return to lightweight.
Mandatory challenger Luke Campbell will most likely be slotted to fight for the vacant title this summer, with a likely opponent being Teofimo Lopez, who comes off a stoppage victory this past weekend at Madison Square Garden.
Initial Report: ESPN