Mikey Garcia: Fighting Spence Excites Me, My Biggest Challenge!

IBF junior welterweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is not stepping away from the idea of colliding with Errol Spence (23-0, 20 KOs), who holds the IBF welterweight title, at some point in the future.

This past Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas - history was made when Garcia became a four division world champion with a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Lipinets to capture the IBF belt at the Freeman Coliseum.

Garcia captured a world title at featherweight, super featherweight - and still holds the WBC lightweight title. Eventually he wants to come up to 147 to capture a fifth world title.


Garcia is now under the gun to decide his next move.

The IBF has given him a March 22 deadline to decide if he intends to make a mandatory defense against Ivan Baranchyk, who won an eliminator last Friday with a TKO of Petr Petrov.

“I have options at 135, 140 and 147. No other fighter has those options. I really enjoy the freedom in that,” Garcia said to Premier Boxing Champions.

“I’ve got at least two potential opponents to pick and choose from in each of those divisions. I have no serious injuries, so I think a return in May or June is doable for me.”

In a recent interview with, Garcia discussed his desire to step in the ring with Spence in the future.

After feeling the power and size of a full junior welterweight - Garcia is still very eager to lace up the gloves against Spence, who many regard as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the entire sport.

“What excites me the most about Spence is that obviously he’s a big, attractive fight,” Garcia said. “He’s arguably the best 147-pounder and would be the biggest challenge of my career.”

“Easier fights won’t bring me the respect or recognition or make me someone people take seriously or accept as a champion. But if you take on the big fights, people will always love you. That’s the only way that I’ll be remembered. That does more for my legacy.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Buckfever on 03-14-2018

He's not going to fight Spence, but it is good marketing.

Comment by AndyShitHot on 03-14-2018

Garcia could win a title at 147 in the same way Broner managed it.... but not against Spence. Garcia doesn't look at his best above 135 imo.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=PapaBricks;18572016]I agree with you!! I personally don't think its a good idea but how can you knock a guy for wanting to challenge himself unlike a lot of other fighters in the welterweight division. I don't understand some of the…

Comment by PapaBricks on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=Rikanlynx86;18569234]its crazy, here you have Mikey Garcia who is getting praised for being one of today's elite, and the guy wants to fight errol, and people give him **** for wanting to fight errol. I thought as fans we want…

Comment by nacho daddy on 03-14-2018

[QUOTE=Dr Kewl Hair;18571662]He’s not generally trying to KO his opponents, he’s just embarrassing the f*ck out them. [U]Footwork is one of the reasons they quit[/U], they can’t touch him![/QUOTE] waters said at the end of the fight you can see…

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