Garcia Wants Loma & Linares
WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia wants to stay engaged and patient, not taking his eye off the main goal of a battle with Jorge Linares.
During a conference call with the WBC, Garcia outlined and signaled his plans for 2018.
Garcia was scheduled for a battle on February 10th against IBF champion Sergey Lipinets, but the champion suffered a hand injury in training. Last week it was announced that the contest was recently rescheduled to March 10th in San Antonio, Texas.
According to Garcia, win or lose he intends to return to the lightweight limit to pursue the biggest names in the division.
The injury to Lipinets took Garcia by surprise, but intimated that he will continue to train hard to maintain his body for the March battle He also confirmed he’s ready to fight the best, including two-time Olympic gold medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko.
However, Garcia has not stopped focusing his goal, a fight WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares, the mandatory challenger to Garcia’s world title.
At last year’s annual convention, the WBC ordered Garcia and Linares to fight each other. Linares became the mandatory challenger, because he holds the WBC’s Diamond title at 135-pounds.
“Throughout my career I have been characterized and defined by facing the best. I want to make it clear that I am ready for those who want to fight me,” Garcia said.
“I know that the public wants to see me against Linares and I want the same thing. I’m determined to show that I am better than Jorge. So I hope to hear soon from his team, because for the WBC this is a mandatory fight.”
Linares is back in action on Saturday night, when he makes a voluntary defense against the Freddie Roach trained Mercito Gesta in an HBO televised fight from Los Angeles.