Mikey Garcia: Lipinets Knows That if He Beats Me, He’s the Man

By Keith Idec

Mikey Garcia was completely transparent about his motivation for remaining at 140 pounds to challenge Sergey Lipinets.

Fighting Lipinets doesn’t just give Garcia a chance to become a world champion in a fourth weight class. The unbeaten WBC lightweight champ was offered more money for their 12-round fight February 10 than for lightweight championship unification matches against Jorge Linares and Robert Easter Jr., and another 140-pound bout with Omar Figueroa.

Lipinets’ incentive is obvious, according to Garcia, for a fight Showtime will televise from the Alamodome. Becoming the first fighter to beat Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) would make the comparatively unknown Lipinets a boxing star, undoubtedly the boxer to beat at 140 pounds.

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“He’s hungry,” Garcia told before a press conference Monday in Los Angeles. “He just won his world title, so obviously he sees an opportunity by fighting me that if he beats me, he’s going straight to the top. If he beats me, he’s the man. So that’s why he’s gonna be very hungry and motivated. But I just have to be careful not to get caught in one of those exchanges.”

The 28-year-old Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) has been a world champion for only a month-and-a-half, yet jumped at the chance to make his first title defense against one of the best boxers in the sport, pound-for-pound.

Kazakhstan’s Lipinets was the mandatory challenger for Terence Crawford’s IBF 140-pound championship, but Crawford vacated that title to move up to welterweight after knocking out former champion Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) on August 19 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lipinets out-boxed Japan’s Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs) in their 12-round bout to win the unclaimed IBF belt November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Three months earlier, Garcia, of Oxnard, California, won his 140-pound debut by defeating former four-division champion Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, 1 NC) by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder at Barclays Center.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to become a champion in four divisions and to take the title away from an undefeated champion,” Garcia said. “He might not have the long career, that long of a record as a pro, but he’s a champion with only 13 fights. He’s definitely skilled enough to be a champion that early.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Shadoww702 on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=slimPickings;18348136]You got that right...and carries himself with real class!! Smart young man who can flat out fight.[/QUOTE] He makes it look so EASY and he doesnt even seem to like boxing???

Comment by BUCSBronzemedal on 12-19-2017

4 division champ and future HOF soon to be

Comment by slimPickings on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18345950]Mikey Garcia ALWAYS dresses and fights like a T[B]RUE PROFESSIONAL[/B]! I Bet all his suits are tailored made by an old country Italian....[/QUOTE] You got that right...and carries himself with real class!! Smart young man who can flat out fight.

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18346520]What are you talking about? Mikey isn't the one making excuses. Ask Top Rank why they are saying that Lomachenko is going to unify at 130 instead of moving up to 135.[/QUOTE]source? loma is moving up. the fight wasn't happening…

Comment by GMAN SUPREME on 12-19-2017

[QUOTE=Golden Boi 360;18345897]Lomancheko fans rooting for Lipinets to win. They don't want that Mikey fight at 135[/QUOTE]BULLSH1T. we all want that fight. who's telling mickey mouse to fight a no name bum at 140? he should stay at 135 loma…

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