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Mikey Garcia Vacates IBF 140 Title, Will Defend WBC Belt at 135

By Miguel Rivera

According to the International Boxing Federation, Mikey Garcia (38-0, 30 KOs) has changed his mind on remaining in the junior welterweight division.

Garcia has decided to vacate his IBF world title at 140-pounds and intends to return to the lightweight division, where he holds the WBC's world title.

Garcia became a four division world champion last month after winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Lipinets in San Antonio, Texas.

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Initially, Garcia notified the IBF that he planned to retain their world title and was going to make his first defense against mandatory challenger Ivan Baranchyk (18-0, 11 KOs).

Garcia and Baranchyk had until April 22 to reach an agreement or a purse bid was going to be called.

BoxingScene.com reported last week, that Garcia informed World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman that he planned to make a defense of his championship in the upcoming months.

Garcia captured the lightweight belt in January 2017 when he knocked out Dejan Zlaticanin at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but he's yet to defend the title.

Instead, Garcia went forward with a junior welterweight bout against Adrien Broner and won a twelve round decision.

He was ordered to make a mandatory defense against Jorge Linares, who also holds the WBA title - but Linares made a decision to accept a lucrative bout with Vasyl Lomachenko, who is moving up from 130-pounds, and their contest is scheduled to headline an ESPN televised event on May 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The most viable fight for Garcia at the moment is a unification with IBF world champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-0, 14 KOs), who himself has been ordered to make a mandatory defense against Richard Commey in a rematch. Easter can likely receive an exception from the sanctioning body to take part in a unification. Easter is advised by Al Haymon, who also works closely with Garcia.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by elfag on 04-20-2018

mikey beat Broner's ass and dont even have the respect to keep the belt

Comment by 7not8 on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=bluebeam;18684977]nah beltran been at 135 for a long time. and he just became the wbo champion in his last fight. loma is the wbo 130 champ[/QUOTE] My bad I thought u said Berchelt

Comment by Lomasexual on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=Califire209;18681499]Hopefully we get Garcia vs Loma Mega Fight for full LW unification by the end of 2018. Mouthwatering[/QUOTE] Yep. I can't think of any fight that I would rather see.

Comment by bluebeam on 04-19-2018

[QUOTE=7not8;18679688]I thought he fought at 130?[/QUOTE] nah beltran been at 135 for a long time. and he just became the wbo champion in his last fight. loma is the wbo 130 champ

Comment by EL_GRINGO on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Ghost Rider;18680198]Hopefully the WBC mandates that the winner of Lomaputa vs. Linares fights Garcia. I think Lomaputa would drop that title so fast. If he did fight Garcia though I’d give him major props.[/QUOTE] Why wouldn't he fight el cereza?…

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