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Mikey Garcia hopes to fight Jorge Linares this summer: I want that RING Magazine title

Photo by Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
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Feb

LOS ANGELES — Mikey Garcia is on a quest to win a title in a fourth weight class, but he has other big plans in mind.

The 30-year-old first will challenge Sergey Lipinets for the IBF junior welterweight title on March 10 in San Antonio, a make-up date after the Russian suffered a hand injury ahead of the planned February bout. Even though Garcia is competing at 140 pounds for the second consecutive time — he beat Broner at that weight in July — he still has business to attend to at 135 pounds.

With the Jorge Linares-Vasyl Lomachenko talks all but dead due to a disagreement over the proposed May 12 date, Mikey Garcia could be the benefactor.

“We had talked to (Golden Boy Promotions President) Eric Gomez, and we had agreed, in a way, that we would take an intermediate fight and then we’d look back,” Garcia told RingTV.com on Tuesday following a media workout ahead of Showtime fight vs. Lipinets. “Then my fight gets postponed so that kind of pushes things back and I think they weren’t willing to wait anymore. So that’s why they started entertaining the Lomachenko fight.



“But if they’re having trouble (with the Lomachenko talks), then that leaves the door open for me once again. I would love to take on Linares, hopefully we can get that done. Like I said, if I don’t get injured or cuts or anything like that, then early summer, let’s get this done.”

Linares told RingTV.com before his January 27 title defense against Mercito Gesta that he was willing to meet Garcia at 140 pounds. But that isn’t necessary, according to Garcia, who still holds the WBC lightweight title. And there’s ample reason why Garcia has no problem moving back down.

“’35, he’s champion at ’35. I would like to come down to ’35, unify titles at ’35, he’s holding the WBA and THE RING Magazine title,” said Garcia. “A portion of the WBC with that Diamond title, but it’s mainly for the reason that he’s got that RING Magazine [title], that’s why I would fight him at ’35.”

If Golden Boy and Al Haymon can come together to make a deal, it’s an appetizing fight. There’s no other big-name options for Linares with Lomachenko moving ahead on May 12 in his lightweight debut, and the Venezuelan has made no bones about his desire to test himself against Garcia.

Gomez told RingTV.com that if the Lomachenko matchup can’t be salvaged, “we’ll go and pursue Mikey Garcia, he’ll be available by early summer.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

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