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Last weekend we saw Mikey Garcia extend his undefeated record to 36-0 (30ko’s) as he became a three weight world champion, knocking out undefeated WBC Lightweight champion Dejan Zlaticanin.
Garcia truly is a top world-class fighter and it’s such a shame his two-year lay off from the sport had to happen as he deprived us of two years of watching his brilliance in the ring. He is arguably now the top man in the division, but he wont be staying around long as he has made clear his intentions of stepping up to 140lbs in the future.
In March we see Jorge Linares v Anthony Crolla II as the pair meet again with the WBA & WBC Diamond Lightweight titles on the line. The last time the pair met, Linares was victorious as he showed he was technically the better boxer.
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The WBC Diamond belt ensures that they have mandatory status to the WBC champion and if they wish to exercise their right to fight for the real belt, then they are able to do so.
If Linares comes out successful in the rematch, he will be in line to face Mikey Garcia in what would be one of the most technically brilliant fight in a long time. However due to Linares chin vulnerability you would have to be wary of a huge Garcia knockout.
“I was very impressed with what he did. He is a great champion. I didn’t have any doubts he would win. I wasn’t sure about Dejan because he never faced a really strong fighter. He fought one this time and he was really hurt by that great punch from Mikey,” Linares stated.
“It would be a very interesting fight between me and him. Let’s see what happens and if he decides to stay at 135 pounds then let’s see if he wants to fight me later in the year,” Linares told BoxingScene.com