Mikey Garcia: The Plan Is Still Spence
Following his win over Robert Easter Jr, WBC and IBF lightweight champion Mikey Garcia received a new championship belt from WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
“It was a great victory against Easter, it’s a championship that every boxer wants to have and I’ve already taken it. It’s something very big in my career, and I hope to keep doing more things,” Garcia told Michel Cruz of his July unanimous decision victory over Easter.
And while Showtime President Stephen Espinoza said last week that a fight between Garcia and Errol Spence may be pushed until 2019, Garcia is still looking towards a move up in weight to face the current IBF welterweight champion.
“That’s the plan, we’re looking at what options we have available, the dates that are remaining, my plan is to go up the division and look for a fifth championship,” Garcia said.
Garcia told reporters that he’s not worried about a possible loss of his power by moving up 12 pounds to face the Texas native.
“I feel equally as strong [at higher weights] and maybe at the higher weight the same punch won’t feel the same, but you do not win fights with only force, there’s more attributes like speed and intelligence, and I think that’s going to help me win those fights,” Garcia added.
“We have to see what options are available and what dates are left at the end of the year, but the plan is to go up to the welterweight division to pursue a fifth division title with Errol.”
Report: Boxing Scene