Mikey Garcia says he would face Lomachenko at 135
December 2, 2016
Now this would be a great fight!
Fan favorite boxer Mikey Garcia wants to make a big splash in his comeback from his long layoff caused by a contract dispute. Garcia didn’t fight from February 2014 to July 2016 due to a lawsuit with Top Rank. Garcia was unhappy with his purses, and he finally got out of his Top Rank contract and made his comeback on July 30th of this year where he dominated Elio Rojas, scoring 4 knockdowns and winning by TKO. That bout was a one-fight deal with Showtime, and he still hasn’t signed with a promoter to my knowledge.
Next January, Garcia will face dangerous Montenegrin Dejan Zlaticanin in a battle for the WBC lightweight title. That fight is the co-feature to the rematch of Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz (awesome card!), and will be a huge challenge for Garcia. It’s unfortunate that a fighter of his caliber took such a long hiatus during his prime, but if he can beat Zlaticanin you’ll know that he’s back for real. Zlaticanin has really looked dominant, and it speaks volumes to Garcia’s belief in his abilities if he wants to take on such a strong fighter so soon after coming back.
Looking forward, Garcia told Fighthype that he would face Vasyl Lomachenko if Loma goes up to 135. Lomachenko is looking to go up in weight, so this fight could make a lot of sense for him. It probably be a high profile PPV fight, which would raise Lomachenko’s profile and get Garcia’s back to what it was before his hiatus. It would be a thrilling fight for boxing fans.
A Garcia fight wasn’t in Bob Arum’s plans for Lomachenko in 2017 however, as he is planning a fight against Terry Flanagan at lightweight, sandwiched between a rematch with Orlando Salido at 135 and Manny Pacquiao at a weight to be determined. Anything could happen though, and I bet the two will face off at some point. Check out Garcia’s interview here:
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