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Manager: Garcia Knew Loma Was Much Bigger Risk Than Spence!

As BoxingScene.com reported on Wednesday, former four division world champion Mikey Garcia relinquished his World Boxing Council lightweight belt.

In his last fight, Garcia had moved up by two weight divisions to challenge IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence.

Spence dominated Garcia over the twelve round distance for a lopsided unanimous decision.

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The World Boxing Council had been pushing Garcia to make a decision regarding his future in the lightweight division - and there was a mandatory order to face Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell.

The decision by Garcia could lead to a scenario where Campbell could challenge WBC, WBA lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko - with the bout taking place on a fall date in the UK.

“At the very least, we will explore it,” Lomachenko manager Egis Klimas told the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s a very good opportunity. In the UK, this fight will be huge. Campbell is well known there, and when we went to the UK to watch [Lomachenko’s close friend cruiserweight champion Oleksandr] Usyk fight, the people went crazy for ‘Loma.’ They love him.”

Garcia (39-1, 30 KOs) was declared the WBC’s emeritus champion - so if he ever decides to return to the lightweight division, he would have the option of securing a direct title shot at whoever is the current WBC champion. But there are many who doubt he'll ever come back to 135.

Garcia's next fight will likely take place at the junior welterweight limit of 140 - unless a big opportunity comes up at welterweight.

Klimas was hoping that Garcia would come back to 135, to fight Lomachenko in a three belt unification.

“Mikey’s already showed what he’s capable of doing – at 126 pounds, 130, 135, 140, 147 … but he also understands and sees that to beat Loma is not easy, and is a much bigger risk than fighting Spence,” Klimas said.

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Comment by _Rexy_ on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=kafkod;19694135]Beat him technically? Lol .. did you even watch that fight? 11lb weight advantage in the ring. Rough housing. Mauling. And please tell me, is there any such thing as technically good low blows? Lopez doesn't even want to fight…

Comment by R-Hand Southpaw on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=SugarRaRobinson;19694147]Listen to this sycophantic spin doctoring. The picture in the article was actually the interview Mikey ambushed in a attempt to pressure Loma fight him. But unfortunately Loma wouldn’t make ANY commitment to fight Mikey, no timeline, no anything. Just…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=MEXfistology;19692939]Lmao yes because he fought tomato cans crolla, marriaga , struggled with tank Davis leftovers Pedraza , got dropped by bum Jorge Linares , lost to journeyman Orlando salido , yes a very big risk .......... ......[/QUOTE] The bum Jorge…

Comment by R-Hand Southpaw on 05-22-2019

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;19693831]A few low blows aren't what won the fight for Salido. And he wasn't using his weight advantage by manhandling or tossing Lomachenko around. He beat him technically. Inexperience played a factor, sure. I'll give you that. [B] But Lomachenko…

Comment by Caxcan on 05-22-2019

Loma is talented but he and his team are known to spout nonsense. They made BS excuses for not prioritizing a rematch with Salido and when Pacquiao offered them a megafight, Loma came up with probably the most ridiculous excuse…

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