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Robert Garcia: Top Rank Guys Told Me Mikey Beats Lomachenko

By Keith Idec

LOS ANGELES – Robert Garcia gave what he considers the real reason it’s not even worth discussing a bout between his younger brother and Vasiliy Lomachenko.

Fighting Lomachenko makes much more sense for Mikey Garcia than moving up two weight classes to challenge Errol Spence Jr. Garcia and Lomachenko both are lightweight champions and Garcia would be the stronger fighter if they meet.

But according to Robert Garcia, who trains his brother, Mikey Garcia knows a lightweight title unification fight against Lomachenko won’t happen anytime soon. That, more than anything, is why Mikey Garcia, the IBF/WBC lightweight champ, has narrowed his focus to an extremely challenging fight against Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) later this year.

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Robert Garcia revealed during a post-fight press conference late Saturday night at Staples Center that Top Rank Inc. employees even have told him they think Garcia would beat Lomachenko in a lightweight fight. Lomachenko (11-1, 9 KOs) is promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank, which promoted Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs) until a contract dispute resulted in buyout in May 2016.

Robert Garcia said he hasn’t spoken with Arum or Top Rank president Todd duBoef directly about his brother boxing Lomachenko. He has had those conversations with unspecified Top Rank employees.

“Not with Bob Arum or Todd, but I do [speak] with a lot of other people that work for Top Rank,” Robert Garcia said following Mikey Garcia’s victory over Robert Easter Jr. “And I’m gonna tell you the truth – most of them tell me Mikey will beat Lomachenko and that’s probably why if the fight ever happens, it’s probably gonna be whenever it’s so big it has to happen. But as of now, Mikey doesn’t even consider chasing that fight because we know that’s not gonna happen anytime soon.”

Lomachenko is recovering from shoulder surgery performed May 30 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The three-division champion from Ukraine is expected to return to the ring either December 1 or December 8. Lomachenko’s next opponent hasn’t been determined, but facing Garcia in his first fight following surgery obviously wouldn’t make much sense.

The 30-year-old Lomachenko won the WBA lightweight title in his last bout. Jorge Linares knocked down Lomachenko in the sixth round of that fight, before Lomachenko came back to knock out Venezuela’s Linares (44-4, 27 KOs) with a body shot in the 10th round May 12 at Madison Square Garden.

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 ThunderFists on 07-31-2018

[QUOTE=Shadoww702;18981723]I think your brain has been damaged by too many hits to the chin from Lomachenkos Balls. I give you this???? Your chin is GRANITE compared to Linares and Khans...Broner > Linares. Hes never been knocked out in round 1…

Comment by Clegg on 07-31-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18980366]But you want to ignore this though which says a lot. [url]https://www.boxingscene.com/arum-if-mikey-garcia-like-offer-fight-lomachenko--128171[/url][/QUOTE] Not everything is about picking sides and relentlessly defending one while criticising the other. It's possible to think Arum is a c[COLOR="Black"]u[/COLOR]nt while also mocking the idea that…

Comment by wrecksracer on 07-31-2018

[QUOTE=j.razor;18981008]A "newbie" that doesn't know how bob works calling me a "newbie" how ironic. Covering for bob will get you exposed. Just wait. Its not comedy with you, it sad.[/QUOTE] Of course I know how Bob works. Here he is…

Comment by thedoisterboy on 07-30-2018

Mikey: “Anybody but Loma, please!” 🤣

Comment by locorogue on 07-30-2018

The only that bets Loma is Loma.

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