By Ryan Burton
WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0) insists that the delay in his IBF super lightweight championship fight against Sergey Lipinets will have no effect on his performance.
The fight was originally scheduled for February 10th but had to be rescheduled for March 10th when Lipinets injured his hand. Garcia said that he didn't every stop training and just scaled it down a bit so that he would peak at the right time.
"We stayed in camp but we lightened up the work for two weeks. We lightened up the sparring. It was earlier enough where we could take a couple days lighters and now we had some serious sparring so it is real good," Garcia told BoxingScene.com.
The 30-year-old Garcia's last fight also took place at 140 pounds when he won a dominant decision over Adrien Broner in July.
He hasn't fought at the 135 pound limit since defeating Dejan Zlaticanin with a vicious knockout last January to capture his WBC title. Even though it has been over year Garcia has made the lightweight limit, he insists that it is his best weight.
"I feel very comfortable at 135. When I fought Zlaticanin - I think like 140 is still not ideal for me but as far as my boxing goes I can still compete at 140 very comfortably. I may not be the strongest there or the biggest man but I still have the abilities to compete and beat my opponent on skills. At 135 I think I have more strength and that is why I would like to unify at lightweight first before I move out of the division," said Garcia.
Garcia-Lipinets takes place on March 10th at the Freeman Coliseum and will be broadcast by Showtime. Rances Barthelemy opens up the telecast with a rematch against Kiryl Relikh for the vacant WBA super lightweight title.
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