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Why, Mikey? Why follow up a brilliant achievement of £ 135 by picking a fight with the young, hungry 147 pound fight in the neighborhood? This is not a revelation, of course. Throughout the week, Garcia has told someone with a microphone that he wanted a piece of Spence, the 28-year-old title company's former US Olympic with the incredible professional record. This is not Garcia that jumps up two weight classes to fight one of the best in the division.
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "So why, Mikey? This is not As a Garcia told Yahoo Sports Boxing Podcast & nbsp; this week, all of his family believes it's too much to lose weight. His father, Eduardo, the patriarch in the big Garcia boxing family, has told him not to do that. His brother Robert, a former title owner himself and Garcia's long-term coach, have explained the bad idea. " data-reaction = "34"> So why, Mikey? This is not a pencil competition, by the form of sportswriters explains this a bad idea. As Garcia told Yahoo Sports Boxing Podcast this week, everybody in his family believes that a pull to weight loss is too much. His father, Eduardo, the patriarch in the great Garcia family of boxing has told him not to do it. His brother, Robert, a former title owner himself and Garcia's long-term coach, have declared it a bad idea.
Minutes before Garcia met Easter, Shawn Porter, probably the most physical fighter of 147 pounds, was questioned about the Garcia campaign at welterweight.
"Mikey is a good fighter," said Porter to Yahoo Sports, smiling. "But I think he'll try 140 pounds for a while."
Garcia longs for the biggest challenges. And that is admirable. But there is a challenge of 135 pounds that is as formidable and maybe even represents more money: Vasiliy Lomachenko. Lomachenko – at worst, has the co-pound-for-pound king, together with Terence Crawford – a piece of the light title. He is declared guilty and when he returns, his promoter Top Rank has earmarked him for the winner of the Ray Beltran-Jose Pedraza match next month, giving Lomachenko the chance to fight for the 135-pound final.
Yes, Lomachenko is fighting for top rankings, which just a few years away from a bitter split with Garcia. Lomachenko is also fighting for ESPN, while Garcia has been fighting for Showtime. Nevertheless, this is exactly the level of battle that should bring soldiers together, promoters together, even networks together. Recently, Robert Garcia has trained fighters on top-ranked campaigns. If he has talked to Yahoo Sports if he has talked to Top Rank officials about Garcia-Lomachenko, Robert said he had not spoken with CEO Bob Arum or President Todd DuBoef but claims in conversation with other officials in Top Rankings shows that He said Garcia would win it fight. Still, Garcia-Lomachenko will only happen, says Robert, "when it's too big for it not".
So why not try Garcia-Lomachenko? Garcia may return in the fall, perhaps against Richard Commey, the double-shot former challenger who will try to pick him his third straight victory next weekend. Lomachenko can meet the winner of Beltran-Pedraza, and if both come through undamaged, a Garcia-Lomachenko showdown will appear in the spring as one of the biggest battles in boxing – and probably the most significant.
Can Garcia meet Lomachenko after fighting Spence? Maybe, but let's be realistic: if Garcia moves to 147 pounds, his days are over 135. Lomachenko's manager has been clear that Lomachenko – who had everything he could handle against Jorge Linares earlier this year – will not be fighting a pound over lightweight. If Garcia jumps up, Garcia-Lomachenko disappears in the fantasy camp eater.
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In Brook's next match, he lost Spence. At 32, his days as an elite fighter could be over.
A precautionary story? Perhaps. Spence is not the wild punch Golovkin, but he has a powerful power and knows how to use it. Garcia is a skilled defensive fighter, but he has been down before and acknowledged this week against Sergey Lipinets, he truly felt 140 pounds power.
Spence? He loves the fight. Why should not he? "I really do not see anything that concerns me," Spence said. "It will definitely be a light match." The win-win division is deep, but an injury to Keith Thurman and the upcoming showdown between Porter and Danny Garcia has Spence looking for an opponent. Mikey Garcia represents a big name for his resume – and a big payday for his bank account.
"He'll be pound-for-pound No. 1 if he hit me," Spence said. "But it will not happen."
Politics makes Spence-Garcia easy, but let's hope common sense prevails. Let's hope Lomachenko – who dictates his opponents to Top Rank more often than any fighter in his stall – runs his promoter to cut a deal with Garcia. Let's hope Garcia exercises patience for the end of the year. Spence-Garcia is a big game. Garcia-Lomachenko is much bigger.
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