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Mikey Garcia: Before I Leave 135, I'll Fight Linares in The Summer - Boxing News
I think Linares will make Garcia look slow, one-dimensional and stupid for the first 3 rounds After that Garcia will adjust and his fundamentals will start picking apart Linares who always looks great early. By the middle rounds Linares will start getting beat up and his paper skin won't hold up to Garcia's volume and power. Probably a late stoppage by cuts with a couple knockdowns for good measure.
Great fight, but what about Lomanchenko fight?
Lomachenko has been calling out guys like Rigondeaux and Gervonta Davis ever since that fight was suggested.
And Garcia has been calling out all the elites but fighting bums instead.
His competition is at least on the level of Lomachenko's recently and he obviously has the better resume overall.
Love it. Garcia gonna get to his chin but Linares is a hell of a fighter besides that. Mikey too good tho, ultimately.
So the same goes for Mikey Garcia. Rigo called out Lomachenko for a while and got what he wanted in the end. Why isn't Mikey Garcia interested in fighting the toughest opponent out there for him? Mikey could see that Lomachenko responds to goading, so he could just call him out for a bit and he'd get the fight. But no he goes real quiet and instead announces he'll be moving up weight.
From just a couple of weeks ago-
If he's ready to move up to '35, you know, we could definitely do that. I know that Bob [Arum] won't say anything positive about that, I don't even know if he's interested in actually facing me. The way I know Top Rank works, they'll have somebody else in line for him to win a title at '35, maybe even at '40. Most likely he's not gonna want to face me because Bob won't allow it.
"I don't think [Arum would let Lomachenko near me]. I think Bob Arum has been doing business so well for so long — the way he runs his business — that it's not in his best interest to face me with his fighters, whether it's financial reasons, or taking a loss, or whatever. I think he's not gonna be very excited to do business with me. But I know Lomachenko would take the fight, I would also take that fight so maybe down the road we could actually have that fight."
And thats about right. Thats what I've been saying for a while now. Arum has avoided risky fights for Lomachenko since he lost to Salido. He hasn't had one fight in which anyone thought was even odds, let alone one he might lose.
@Seano - Wrong. Here's Loma saying he wants Mikey at the Loma-Rigo (Rigo was a no show) post-fight press conference after being asked who he wants next. Even Mikey said he knows Loma wants to fight him badly but has been using the Bob Arum crutch as an excuse to not make this fight (Mikey that is).
That's a pretty negative view point from Mikey which is pretty unfortunate as no one said that they would let Lomachenko fight Rigondeaux either but look what happened. I understand that he has that view but it's just unfortunately pessimistic. Why doesn't he give it a shot and see if he can get Lomachenko riled up enough so that Loma demands a fight with him? He even admits that Loma would take the fight if it was offered. Damn shame. Mikey should try making more noise but that's not really his style. He's more of an action than words kind of guy.
The WBC ordered Garcia-Linares which is a good fight. I very much doubt Linares will hold up though in terms of being able to take Mikey's power given his history. Linares gets hit a lot. This was published 9 hours ago. Doesn't seem to me that they're in a rush to fight Loma. If I were Mikey I would fight him this year (end of the year), try and squash him and become the P4P #1 in one fell swoop.
Robert Garcia: Mikey's Too Big to Fight Lomachenko Right Now
Sounds like BS to me. Size wasn't a factor in how Lomachenko beat Rigo. He beat him with speed, movement and skill.
I smell bs too. Loma was being humble about Rigo not being in his weight class. Robert is now using it as an excuse to delay the fight or not make it at all. The others are how Bob will block this fight even though he offered it to him this summer (shortly before the WBC ordered Garcia-Linares) and how Loma should dominate the Lightweight division now.
The shitty thing is we probably just lost one of the best fights of 2018.
We'll see who he fights this year, I suspect disappointing opponents abound and I think you guys know it too. Not sure why you guys fall for the hype surrounding this cherry picker.
Show me a single titleholder at 130 even willing to face Loma. The only titleholder I've seen say he's interested is at Lightweight, Linares, who is fighting Mikey next. These titleholders will continue to duck him like they have been.
Published last month before the Rigo fight
Vasyl Lomachenko's Move To Lightweight A Matter Of WHEN, Not IF
Espinoza Open to Discussing Bouts Between Showtime, ESPN Boxers
You're not fooling me, Seano. The timing here is real convenient for Team Garcia to permanently leave the Lightweight division after the Linares bout.
I will bet money that Lomachenko's move to 135 directly follows Garcia's exit from that weight class.
I'll bet money that that's why Garcia is only having one more fight there which will be his first title defense (a unification with Linares). He just said at the Lipinets press conference that he felt his best at 135. I wonder why that's suddenly no longer the case? Because he knows Loma is moving up this year and Easter Jr. wants to fight him. He already turned down Easter Jr.
More and more it sounds like Garcia is ducking Lomachenko. I think he knows that he will be in a world of problems stylistically if he has to fight someone as slick as Loma is.
Show me a single active fighter who has faced the level of competition in their first 11 fights that Loma has. You can say whatever you want about the gold medals, the fact is, almost decorated amateur who goes pro still pads their records. Even Marriaga was a solid opponent when you put it in context tbh.