Mikey Garcia Will Defend His Lightweight Title, Says WBC Prez

By Miguel Rivera

Given the uncertainty over whether or not Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) will stay at 140 pounds or return to 135 pounds, World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman commented that the California fighter told the sanctioning body that he will return to lightweight to defend his green belt and gold belt against an opponent to be confirmed in the month of June.

"Mikey Garcia will stay at lightweight, he will defend the WBC title and when there is something firm we will announce it," said Sulaiman to ESPN Deportes.

A few weeks ago, Garcia advised the International Boxing Federation that he planned to remain at junior welterweight to defend his IBF title.

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One of the possibilities for Garcia at 135 pounds is to unify with the IBF champion Robert Easter Jr., who is one of the few options in terms of boxers who generate more attention in the division now that the possibility of the fight against Jorge Linares is out - since the Venezuelan boxer will defend his WBA belt against Vasyl Lomachenko on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Last month, Garcia became a four division world champion after winning a wide decision over Sergey Lipinets to capture the IBF title in Texas.

The WBC had ordered Garcia to make a mandatory defense against Linares, who also holds the the 'Diamond' title of the sanctioning body.

But then Linares reached an agreement to fight Lomachenko.

At junior welterweight, the IBF has already ordered Garcia to make a mandatory defense against undefeated contender Ivan Baranchyk.

Garcia's last two outings have taken place at 140-pounds, and he's been away from the lightweight division since capturing the WBC title last January with a brutal knockout over Dejan Zlaticanin.

Garcia has targeted a number of possible opponents in the last few months, including a few at welterweight.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by tokon on 04-05-2018

[QUOTE=-Antonio-;18642494]This dude stays wherever the weakest competition is. He will avoid whoever wins between Linares and Loma.[/QUOTE] Yes, and he waited until one eliminated the other!

Comment by jinkazama555 on 04-05-2018

fake champion garcia what a clown

Comment by deanrw on 04-05-2018

I say Garcia should keep the IBF belt. They will have a slew of strange named mandatories from countries we hardly ever hear named lined up for him. Dudes from the Christmas Islands and Belarus will be lining up. That…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 04-05-2018

[QUOTE=filup79;18643522]Just like Loma targeted the weakest champ at 130 who had already been KOd by Mkey and got a gift against Salido... You know that Rocky Martinez you're talking about.[/QUOTE] That was Loma's first fight at 135, and he got…

Comment by 1hourRun on 04-05-2018

[QUOTE=filup79;18643634]Who has Russel beat? Russell was fighting TBAs but now he's some elite fighter since Loma fought him. Walters? Walters beat a small and old Nonito and couldn't beat a weak Marriaga. Rigo coming up 2 divisions for Loma, Rigo…

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