WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) is very confident in his ability to stop newly crowned WBA champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs).
This past Saturday night, Lomachenko - who won world titles at 126 and 130 - moved up to lightweight and stopped Jorge Linares in the tenth round to capture the WBA title at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Unlike his past opponents, beating Linares was no easy task. Lomachenko was dropped in the sixth round and the judges had it scored a split draw when the contest was stopped.
Mikey's head trainer and older, Robert Garcia, believes his fighter would stop Lomachenko.
Garcia agrees with his trainer, and explains that Lomachenko looks great against overmatched opponents, but didn't look as spectacular last week against Linares.
"I can stop him. He looks sensational and does all of this crazy footwork with lesser quality opponents. The minute he stepped up against Linares... yeah he beat him, but it wasn't an easy fight like those other fights. He also got dropped. It was a flash knockdown, but he still got dropped. I've been dropped. You get up and you win the fight," Garcia said to ES News.
"That shows you that he's not invincible, he's not this crazy, out of this world phenomenon that people make him out to be. With lower quality opponents - he shines, he outclasses them. Step up in competition and face a world champion, you start to see openings and opportunities... not necessarily flaws, Linares has experience and he did well against him."
But Lomachenko's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, told reporters that negotiating a unification with Garcia is a very difficult task - one that Arum has no patience for.
Garcia, who was promoted by Top Rank until they parted ways a few years ago, explained that he hasn't spoken to Arum since June of 2013 - when he knocked out Juan Manuel Lopez.
"When was the last time he talked to me personally? Back in Dallas for the Lopez fight, at the airport," Garcia said. "That's the last time I remember. I don't know what he's talking about that it would be so difficult."
Lomachenko is being positioned to return on August 25th at The Forum in Los Angeles - likely against WBO champion Ray Beltran, who is also promoted by Top Rank.