Bernstein: Mikey Garcia vs. Lomachenko Can Become Special Fight

Showtime Sports' expert analyst Al Bernstein, is a very big fan of the potential matchup between world champions Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) and Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs).

Last week, Lomachenko retained his WBO super featherweight title with a one-sided stoppage of Guillermo Rigondeaux in six rounds. 

Lomachenko is planning to move up to the lightweight limit of 135-pounds next year, with his mind set on capturing a third divisional title.

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Garcia will return to the ring in February, in his second fight at the junior welterweight limit, as he challenges Sergey Lipinets for the WBO world championship.

However, Garcia submitted a request to the World Boxing Council to retain his WBC lightweight title - a request that the sanctioning body approved - giving the indication that Garcia might return to 135 for the right fight.

Bernstein believes a clash between Lomachenko and Garcia is one of the best matches to make in boxing.

"It’s fascinating, it’s one of the most intriguing style match-ups you could have. Mikey Garcia has kind of altered the way he fights, or at least he has against the fighters he has faced recently. He’s been a little more aggressive, we always think of Mikey Garcia as a counter puncher who is very calculated, but he’s been more aggressive since he’s been reborn coming back to the sport and we may see that against Lomachenko," Bernstein told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

In order to win, Garcia would have to be very active and keep punching, says Bernstein. If Garcia takes his time and allows Lomachenko to build steam - a mistake that many opponents make - Bernstein feels he might very well be outworked to a decision loss.

"Mikey may have to be more aggressive because if Garcia doesn’t score a knockout and fought as a counter puncher, he may not land enough punches to win the fight. Lomachenko will be busy, because he always is and he will show a lot of movement. I just think that fight stylistically is just a marvelous fight," Bernstein said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing lives on 12-20-2017

[QUOTE=Robi13;18339092]WALTERS had been inactive for about two years prior to Loma scrap[/QUOTE] Its true but a fight is a fight and Walters is dangerous. There has always been a caveat with Loma. Fighting Mikey Garcia is the only way to…

Comment by Boxing lives on 12-20-2017

[QUOTE=MisanthropicNY;18339063]Not sure how one of the worst decisions in boxing history makes the fighter who obtained the robbery any better than he actually is :pat: Horn is bigger, but he's amateurish - he's just a tough guy who will probably…

Comment by Boxing lives on 12-20-2017

[QUOTE=Gillie;18339352]If you consider not making weight and then repeatedly fouling with low blows a boxing lesson, then you are absolutely right.[/QUOTE] Loma clearly was the amateur and Salido the rugged manly professional. Took the kid to school!!

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=Blue Heffner;18340735]Lol...but he had no problems bringing up Rigo two weight classes...Funny how that works.[/QUOTE]shut up. rigo had a chance to have the fight at 126. rigo being the dum dum that he is turned it down. hold this :bottle:

Comment by jjsmyth87 on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=Blue Heffner;18340735]Lol...but he had no problems bringing up Rigo two weight classes...Funny how that works.[/QUOTE] This is really getting sad and pathetic, people want to believe so bad that Loma isnt the real deal that they twist his words around…

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