World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman says that undefeated multi-weight world champion Mikey Garcia 38-0 (30) of the USA will return to the 135-pound weight class to defend his WBC world lightweight title.
The 30-year-old Californian is coming off a twelve round unanimous decision win over Sergey Lipinets 13-1 (10) of Russia for the IBF junior welterweight world title last month at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.
Garcia, who is the younger brother of renowned trainer and former glovesman Roberto Garcia, began his career as a featherweight and won his first world title against Orlando Salido of Mexico for the WBO 126-pound title in January 2013.
Since then he was won the WBO super featherweight title against Roman Martinez, the WBC lightweight title against Dejan Zlaticanin and the IBF junior welterweight title against Lipinets.
Despite winning world titles in four different weight classes, Garcia has only made a single world title defence. This was due in part to a managerial dispute that kept him on the sidelines for two-and-a-half years, from the beginning on 2014 through to mid-2016.
Garcia has recently been linked to fights against veteran champion Jorge Linares 44-3 (27) of Venezuela and consensus pound-for-pound top three Vasyl Lomachenko 10-1 (8) of the Ukraine, who will meet each other for Linares’ WBA lightweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York on May 12.
“Mikey Garcia stays at lightweight, will defend the WBNC title and when there is something firm we will announce them,” Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes according to BoxingNews24.
The 32-year-old Linares, who remarkably won his first world title over a decade ago, holds something called the WBC “Diamond” championship. It is widely believed that the Mexican-based sanctioning body will be pushing for a match-up between Garcia and Linares.
Garcia is The Ring magazine’s number five ranked boxer pound-for-pound.