By Elisinio Castillo
WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) is on the hunt for more world titles. And there are plenty of names who want to face him at the moment.
Earlier this month, former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa got back in the mix with a ten round decision win over Rene Alvarado in New York. As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Gamboa's next fight is being planned for May 5th at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and the frontrunner to face him is Jayson Velez of Puerto Rico.
Gamboa wants the biggest names possible, including Garcia and WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Garcia would be interested in facing the Olympic gold medal winner - if he's able to capture a world title. At the moment Garcia is fully focused on securing a fight with Jorge Linares, who holds the WBA lightweight world title.
"Jorge is an excellent boxer and has shown it on different occasions. He's a champion in three different weights, so we are talking about an exceptional talent, and this time he beat Crolla even easier than in the previous fight," Garcia told ESPN Radio.
"I'm interested in the fight with Linares, who is a lightweight champion. Right now it's the most interesting thing for me. I know that Yuriorkis Gamboa came back a couple of weeks ago and wants to do a couple of fights to get back up and win another title. If he's able to do that, then I would be interested in fighting him.''
"At the moment the best thing for the division, and the best thing for me, would be a fight against Linares. I hope that we can reach an agreement and do it sometime in the summer. It's what people are asking for right now."
The last time Garcia was in the ring was back in January, when he captured the WBC title with a sensational third round knockout over undefeated Dejan Zlaticanin.