WBC Prez: Mikey Garcia, Jorge Linares Must Fight Each Other

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has indicated that he won't approve any further postponements, stating that WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) must make a mandatory defense against Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs).

Last year at their annual convention, the WBC ordered the two of them to fight each other.

Linares, who holds the WBA world title at the weight, is the mandatory challenger to Garcia's belt because of his status as the WBC's Diamond champion.


Garcia met with Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez in an attempt to reach an agreement for the Linares fight.

The meeting went well, but Garcia received another offer for a Showtime televised fight that was even better than the 50-50 proposal from Golden Boy to face Linares.

That Showtime deal was finalized, with Garcia moving up to 140-pounds to challenge IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets on February 10th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Should Garcia win, he will have to make a decision on whether or not to remain at 140 or return back to 135 for a fight with Linares. 

"Champion Mikey Garcia received special permission to fight over the weight in February in a WBC special event. WBC diamond champion Jorge Linares will defend his championship in January. Both champions will fight each other immediately after their bouts," Sulaiman said.

Garcia started off 2017 with a vicious knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin to capture the WBC title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He came back in July, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with a dominating performance over former four division world champion Adrien Broner. The fight with Broner took also place at the junior welterweight limit of 140-pounds.

Linares is also scheduled to fight in the coming weeks. He will make a voluntary defense against once-beaten Mercito Gesta on January 27th in an HBO televised fight from The Forum in Los Angeles, California.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dr.Cool on 01-04-2018

Linares, Lipinets, and Easter all this year. That is what Mikey needs to do to get the fame and fortune someone with his talent should have. There are no big names below 140. No one but the diehards have heard…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 01-03-2018

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;18380669]He's the ring Lineal Champion[/QUOTE] Ring Magazine is owned by his friggin promoter, so that means jack ****

Comment by DuckAdonis on 01-03-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18379627]Fight or vacate buddy. Interested how this is going to play out now: if Linares beats Mickey he can say hes lineal and whooped the IBF 140 pound champ, If Mickey wins he claims lineal at 135 and becomes two…

Comment by MexicanStyle#1 on 01-03-2018

Garcia will make easy work of Linares... Linares was exposed against Salgado, Demacro, and Thompson!!!!

Comment by filup79 on 01-03-2018

I'm just curious, why would Linares be entitled to 50/50? Obviously GB wanted options on Mikey, but when that didn't happen they asked for a 50/50 split and no options. Oscar claims that he will make all these fighters PPV…

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