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Mikey Garcia Must Decide on Ivan Baranchyk Fight By March 22

By Miguel Rivera

Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is quickly finding out the consequences of holding world titles in multiple weight divisions.

This past Saturday night in Texas, Garcia became the IBF junior welterweight champion with a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Lipinets at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio.

Garcia is still the WBC world champion at the lightweight limit of 135-pounds.

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But now Garcia must decide on whether or not he intends to stay at junior welterweight or move back to lightweight.

On Monday, the IBF gave Garcia a deadline of March 22 to make a decision on their world title.

If he plans to keep the IBF belt, the sanctioning body has already advised him that he needs to make mandatory defense against Ivan Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs), who won an eliminator last Friday with  TKO win over late replacement Petr Petrov in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Garcia, upon making a decision to remain as IBF champ, would have 30 days to reach an agreement with Baranchyk before a purse bid is called.

At lightweight, Garcia also has a mandatory order hanging over his head.

The WBC ordered Garcia to fight Jorge Linares (44-3, 27 KOs), who also has the WBA's version of the world title.

But Linares is in serious talks to defense his belt against Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KOs) on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Another option for Garcia would be a unification with IBF champion Robert Easter (21-0, 14 KOs), who is also very interested in that match.

Easter would need to apply for an exception to get that fight, as he was ordered on Monday to make a mandatory defense against Richard Commey, who last Saturday - as part of the Garcia-Lipinets card - knocked out Alejandro Luna in a final eliminator. Easter defeated Commey in a highly competitive fight two years ago to capture the IBF belt.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The D3vil on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=Afi23;18568101]Indeed, can't hate on that one. I feel like Mikey's plan was to snatch 2 belts at 135 and let Linares or Loma snatch the other 2 belts and than fight to become undisputed at 135lbs while trying to do…

Comment by Banderivets on 03-13-2018

He can't hang with Mikey...Mikey takes this easily.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;18567489]Mikey vs Baranchyk?!?!? These IBF mfers gots the worst f#cking rankings AND they enforce their bs aggressively which makes it the worst 1 2 punch at the abc group level of the game.[/QUOTE]Well, Mikey should talk to Linares and…

Comment by jjsmyth87 on 03-13-2018

Mikey will fight the easiest champion available to fight next, ie most likely Robert Easter. He will do interviews saying he wants to fight Linares, loma, maybe even prograis but ultimately will take the easiest route available, biggest fraud in…

Comment by SteveM on 03-13-2018

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;18567489]Mikey vs Baranchyk?!?!? These IBF mfers gots the worst f#cking rankings AND they enforce their bs aggressively which makes it the worst 1 2 punch at the abc group level of the game.[/QUOTE] I've been saying that since Golovkin…

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