Gomez Committed To Making Garcia-Linares Happen
Even though negotiations have fallen through twice to have Jorge Linares fight Mikey Garcia, when asked if they’d answer the call of the WBC lightweight champion, Golden Boy Promotions President, Eric Gomez had an immediate answer.
“Yes, yes, yes, because look I’ve been able to get fights done by being persistent.”
Gomez while on the three knockdown rule podcast with Mario Lopez, claimed he had recently engaged in extensive talks with Garcia about a bout with Miguel Cotto and then Jorge Linares.
“You can’t just give up and I’m committed – as Oscar (De La Hoya, the founder of Golden Boy) said – the company is committed in making great fights. So I don’t like to close doors because sooner or later you might need someone to help you.”
Gomez wanted to secure Garcia as the opponent for Cotto’s career finale on December 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Garcia balked at the Cotto offer, not wanting to sign a multi-fight deal with Golden Boy. Cotto will now defend his WBO junior middleweight champion against Sadam Ali, who moves up to 154-pounds to take the opportunity.
Then after being offered a one-fight deal with no future options to unify his lightweight belt against Linares, he decided to go in another direction. Garcia will most likely return in late January on Showtime – with IBF champion Robert Easter being discussed as the opponent. Linares, who holds the WBA title, is expected to return to the ring in the first quarter of 2018.
“If (Garcia) still wants to do the fight and Linares is available and there’s no other big offer that came about – then we’ll look into it.”