Mikey Garcia Wants Lomachenko Fight
Mikey Garcia reminded the boxing world of his potential on Saturday, viciously knocking out undefeated Dejan Zlaticanin to win the WBC lightweight title. After the momentous performance, many are looking ahead to potential matchups for Garcia. One name that comes up repeatedly: 130-lb. champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Garcia (36-0, 33 KOs) won a title in a third weight class with his knockout victory in Las Vegas. His only setbacks have been due to his own inactivity: he returned from an over-two-year layoff in July to beat Elio Rojas before challenging Zlaticanin.
Assuming Garcia can stay in the mix, he will continue to listen to the feedback from fans that are calling for a bout between he and top-10 pound-for-pound talent Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs).
"We hear about Lomachenko from all the media and reporters and the fans," Garcia told BoxingScene.com, "but I have yet to hear anything from Top Rank or his manager mentioning my name. I would definitely take on a challenge like that if he comes up to 135."
Lomachenko has already won belts in two divisions in his eight professional fights, currently reigning at 130 lbs. Assuming that Lomachenko moves up again and wants to fight for a 135-lb. belt, a superfight with Garcia could be on the horizon.
"He’s still at 130, I’m at 135 now," Garcia said. "If he decides to move up, and they present me with that opportunity – we’ll take it. But it’s not up to me, it’s up to him to move up. I’m not coming down. If anything he needs me at 135. I’m not coming down to 130 and I haven’t heard anything from his promoter or his camp mentioning my name.
"But if he decides to move up, it would definitely be a great fight. he’s got a lot of skills, tremendous skills. I have a lot of skills that people haven’t even seen yet, so that would be a great opportunity to show [them]."