WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) was a very interested observer of this past Saturday's fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jorge Linares.
Lomachenko, a former two-time Olympic gold medal winner, suffered the first knockdown of his career in the sixth round, but he came back to stop Linares in the tenth round to capture the WBA lightweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The victory saw Lomachenko secure his third divisional title after picking up belts at 126 and 130.
Garcia is a four division world champion. He won his fourth world title back in March after moving up junior welterweight and winning a decision over Sergey Lipinets to obtain the IBF championship.
Garcia has since vacated that belt and made a career decision to drop back to 135 to defend his WBC title.
The World Boxing Council had actually ordered Garcia to make a mandatory defense against Linares, but the Venezuelan veteran accepted the lucrative opportunity to fight Lomachenko, who was moving up from 130.
Garcia will return in the summer and his likely opponent will be IBF world champion Robert Easter.
The winner of Garcia-Easter will hold two world titles - which is going to set the stage for a future fight with Lomachenko.
But, Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is returning in the month of August and he may very well face WBO champion Ray Beltran in a unification.
Garcia hopes to fight Lomachenko sooner than later.
“Lomachenko did good, beat a solid world champion at 135. I would love a fight with him. Hope we can make it happen in the near future,” Garcia stated to the Los Angeles Times.
The biggest hurdles in making Garcia vs. Lomachenko will be money and their network alliances. Garcia is aligned with Showtime, while Lomachenko fights for ESPN.
Lomachenko is also promoted by Top Rank, who worked with Garcia for several years. Garcia had a bad falling out with Top Rank - which resulted in a two year legal battle before they reached a settlement to part ways.