By Radio Rahim
WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is hoping to get his hands on Vasiliy Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs), who holds the WBA lightweight title, at some point in 2019.
Next month, on July 28, Garcia will collide with IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter in a highly anticipated unification.
After winning world titles in two other weight classes, Lomachenko hit the lightweight division in May, and recovered from his first career knockdown to stop Jorge Linares for the WBA belt at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Unlike many others, Garcia is not that impressed with Lomachenko's recent streak of wins.
"Aside from Linares, I can't credit him for fighting guys like [Guillermo] Rigondeaux, who is a 122-pounder. I can't credit him for beating guys like [Jason] Sosa, [Miguel] Marriaga. I can't give him that credit. I see the talent in his boxing, but I can't give him the credit for beating those kind of guys," Garcia told BoxingScene.com.
"But beating Linares, at lightweight, and making the adjustments..... because I thought it was a good fight early on. Linares was doing well. And then Lomachenko comes up from being knocked down, and turns it around, and stop Linares... you have to give the man credit. That's the only other fight that excites me [at 135]... Lomachennko and Garcia next year is the only other fight that makes sense at lightweight for me."
Garcia views Lomachenko as a talented fighter, but he does not believe the two-time Olympic gold medal winner will be as dominant at a higher weight like 135-pounds.
"I just didn't see him dominate in the way that he does in lower divisions. He fought a great champion in Jorge. He fought an experienced fighter. I have better boxing abilities than Jorge, I have better power than Jorge, and that's why I think that I would do very well against Lomachenko," Garcia said.