Garcia Wants Linares-Crolla Winner
Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla will square off in a rematch of their exciting WBA lightweight title fight on Saturday night, and another champion will be watching the fight very closely. Mikey Garcia, who holds the WBC title, has made it clear that he wants the winner in a unification bout.
Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) returned to the ring in spectacular fashion in January, beating Dejan Zlaticanin with a brutal knockout to win the WBC belt. The next mandatory challenger for his title will be decided on Saturday night when Linares and Crolla have their rematch.
“I want to fight this summer, whether June or July, or maybe even August if the Linares-Crolla winner doesn’t come out injured or cut and we need to go to August so they can be ready for me," Garcia said, per ESPN. "That’s fine by me. If it’s October or November, though, I’d like to fight [somebody else first] in June.”
Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) was victorious in his previous fight with Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs), but it was a competitive bout that demanded a rematch. With Linares favored to win again in the rematch, Garcia believes that he is the best possible fighter he can face in the lightweight division.
“I think it’s also probably the best fight,” he said. “Linares has proven himself in three different divisions by winning world titles. Even after being stopped he bounced back and regains another world title and was looking great. It shows you the caliber of fighter he is. He has proven himself and he has the skills. There’s no other match that’s as competitive [at lightweight] as that can be.
“I think Linares wants to fight me and prove himself and make a great fight for the fans.”