Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Mikey Garcia: Still Want to Fight Linares, But Won't Chase Him

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Jorge Linares is the lightweight Mikey Garcia wants to fight most.

Garcia is not so sure the feeling is mutual, though Linares doesn’t think Garcia will even return to the 135-pound division. Garcia, who defeated Adrien Broner by unanimous decision in their 12-round, 140-pound fight Saturday night, disputed Linares’ contention.

“I still wanna do the Linares fight,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com. “Hopefully we can enter into discussions and talks with his team, Linares’ team, to get that fight before the end of the year. That’s the fight that makes the most sense. We would unify titles, we would have the best fighting the best.

“But I’ve also gotta be available and flexible. With the way boxing works, I’m not gonna be there chasing anybody or waiting for anybody, either. So if that’s not available, I’m gonna move on with my career.”

linares-garcia

Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) wanted to face Linares in a lightweight title unification fight this summer, but Linares’ representatives told Garcia he wanted to take another fight first. That’s what led Garcia toward boxing Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, 1 NC) in a fight Showtime televised from Barclays Center.

Linares owns the WBA 135-pound championship, but he also is the WBC’s “diamond” champion at 135 pounds. Garcia won the WBC world lightweight title by knocking out Montenegro’s Dejan Zlaticanin (22-1, 15 KOs) in the third round January 28 in Las Vegas.

“The WBC granted him and myself an optional fight,” Garcia explained. “And from what I was told, and I was dealing with Linares’ people, they were looking at another fight in between. That makes sense, too. That’s why [we took] on Adrien Broner, as opposed to just waiting for that fight. Like I said, I have to be flexible. I can’t be chasing or waiting for anybody.”

Venezuela’s Linares (42-3, 27 KOs) will make a mandatory title defense against England’s Luke Campbell (17-1, 14 KOs) on September 23 at The Forum in Inglewood, California (HBO). Campbell is the No. 1 contender in the lightweight rankings for both the WBA and WBC.

Garcia will watch that fight intently as he plots his next move.

“At 135, I’ve mentioned it before, a title unification match – Jorge Linares is the No. 1 guy that stands out the most,” Garcia said during a post-fight press conference at Barclays Center. “If that’s unavailable, at 140 you’ve got a title unification match coming around the corner between [Terence] Crawford and [Julius] Indongo. That would be a great matchup. But we all know promotional problems sometimes don’t allow fights to happen. So I’m not gonna be waiting for anybody.”

For more on Garcia possibly facing Crawford at 140 pounds, click here:  https://www.boxingscene.com/garcia-know-if-top-rank-make-crawford-fight-with-me--118882.

For more on Garcia potentially boxing Vasyl Lomachenko at 135 pounds, click here: https://www.boxingscene.com/garcia-im-interested-see-lomachenko-moving-up-135--119015.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KingTito on 08-01-2017

This fight needs to happen.

Comment by bigdunny1 on 08-01-2017

[QUOTE=filup79;17910723]Mikey has been wanting to unify with Linares, if Linares really wanted the fight, he would have fought Mikey next instead of waiting till the end of September to fight. Mikey wasn't going to take over 6 months off to…

Comment by bigdunny1 on 08-01-2017

[QUOTE=filup79;17910682]Why should Mikey have to wait until September for Linares? So Mikey needs to put his career on hold for Linares? Linares could have easily fought earlier if he wanted to fight Mikey. I don't see Linares fighting Mikey anytime…

Comment by filup79 on 08-01-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;17910705]Making title defenses is standard practice for champions but Mikey thinks its beneath him to do that, but the worse part about it is that this other guy ( Linares ) happens to have the WBA 135 title -- but…

Comment by 1hourRun on 08-01-2017

[QUOTE=filup79;17910682]Why should Mikey have to wait until September for Linares? So Mikey needs to put his career on hold for Linares? Linares could have easily fought earlier if he wanted to fight Mikey. I don't see Linares fighting Mikey anytime…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (37)
Top Headlines With Court Case Looming, Stevenson Confident He'll Defeat Diaz Roach Gives Luis Ortiz No Shot To Beat Anthony Joshua Munguia-Hogan Had No Post-PED Tests, WBO To Review Scoring Erick Ituarte, Jose Estrella on Weight For Doubletree Clash Virgil Hunter: Strong Possibility That Khan Can Shock Crawford Photos: Andy Ruiz vs. Dimitrenko, Figueroa vs. Parejo - Presser Photos: Danny Garcia, Adrian Granados - Go Face To Face in LA Granados: No Shock Porter Said I Was Tougher, He Ran From Me News: Anthony Yigit, Michael Nielsen, Smith-McGurk on ESPN+ Arum: Terence Crawford Reminds Me of Sugar Ray Leonard Nonito Donaire Aims For Knockout Win Over Zolani Tete Arum: People Will Tell Children, Grandkids About Crawford-Khan FIGHT NIGHT: Shields vs. Hammer - Video Released By Showtime Jesus Rojas, Juan Manuel Lopez in Doubleheader on May 18 O'Shaquie Foster Inks Promotional Pact With Lou DiBella Frank Warren: If Jarrell Miller Denies Using, Who Gave it To Him? Rene Alvarado To Stay Busy Against Eusebio Osejo on April 26 Canelo-Jacobs: Adalaide Byrd Included In NSAC's Judging Pool Murat Gassiev Inks Pact With Hearn, Heading To Heavyweight Photos: Teofimo Lopez, Shakur Stevenson, Verdejo Media Day Wilder Slams Miller For Failed Test: He Let His Family Down Manager: Adam Kownacki Not An Option To Fight Joshua On June 1 Photos: Josh Kelly, Conor Benn, Joe Cordina - Final Presser Claressa Shields: I Can Beat Up Thurman, Give Golovkin a Run Photos: Derek Chisora, Senad Gashi - Face To Face, Final Presser Photos: Dave Allen, Lucas Browne - Face To Face, Final Presser Porter: Granados Gave Me a Tougher Fight Than Danny Garcia Joshua's New Opponent To Be Announced Next Week, Says Hearn Roach: Preparing For Shakur Stevenson Was Easy, Expect Upset! Crawford: Can't Put Gun To Their Head To Make Spence Fight Frank Warren Aims To Make Saunders-Isufi For Full WBO Belt Conor Benn To Face Czech Foe At O2 Arena On Saturday Josh Warrington vs. Kid Galahad: Jack McGann To Feature Hunter is Hoping That Khan Has Fully Moved Past Canelo KO Jarrell Miller: I Don't Need PEDs, I'm Shocked, I'll Be Vindicated! Danny Garcia: The Plan is To Get a Knockout of Granados Video: Roach Breaks Down Crawford-Khan, Stevenson-Diaz Video: Amir Khan Very Motivated To Prove Doubters Wrong Jarrell Miller Threw Away The Opportunity of a Lifetime Video: Terence Crawford Talks Haters, Khan Clash, The Future
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement