WBC Orders Jorge Linares vs. Mikey Garcia
Published: October 05, 2017
The WBC (World Boxing Council) has been busy as of late with the number of fights the organization has ordered to take place. The next fight the organization has ordered is one of boxing’s most highly anticipated bouts in having Jorge Linares (43-3, 27 KOs) take on Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs). The fight between Linares and Garcia would be for the number one position in the lightweight (135) division. Linares holds the WBA (World Boxing Association), lineal and Ring Magazine titles at the weight. Garcia holds the WBC lightweight championship. There are two other champions in the division in IBF titleholder Robert Easter Jr. (20-0, 14 KOs) and WBO titleholder Terry Flanagan (33-0, 13 KOs). However, neither man is as accomplished as Linares and Garcia.
Linares-Garcia provides boxing fans an intriguing matchup between two of the sports best technicians. Garcia, who is undefeated, is a three-division world champion from one of boxing’s most prominent families. In his last bout, Garcia moved up to 140-pounds and soundly defeated the troublesome Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) by unanimous decision. Since then, Garcia has mentioned moving up further in weight to meet Miguel Cotto at 154-pounds. Many in the sport will be enthused if Garcia does decide to move back down to the lightweight division to meet Linares. Rather than seeing Garcia move through divisions fighting just one of the champions, it will be a breath of fresh air to see him attempt to unify a division.
Linares has been the definition of a road warrior for the entirety of his career. The Venezuelan makes his home in the country of Japan and has fought in eight different countries. Linares in his last bout faced British Olympic Gold Medalist Luke Campbell (17-2, 14 KOs). The Venezuelan got off to a fast start scoring a knockdown in the second round. However, Campbell showed his pedigree by providing a competitive bout throughout the second half of the fight. The fight was so close in fact that it was decided by one point with the knockdown in the second round. Although, Linares had a close fight with Campbell many consider his current run to be the best of his career. He has won some of the most prominent matches of his career in impressive fashion.
If a fight between Garcia and Linares comes to fruition, Garcia will undoubtedly be the favorite. Garcia is not only one of boxing’s most patient and technically skilled pugilists but also one of its biggest punchers. In all three of Linares losses, he was stopped by punchers early or stopped by cuts in the later rounds. Linares’ advantage will be with his hand speed and ability to move in and out of different positions.
Linares-Garcia will likely take place sometime in 2018, but the announcement of its possibility is another added highlight to an already fantastic 2017 for the sport of boxing. Whenever the bout ends up taking place, it will be one of the fights that purists and even casual boxing fans will look forward to watching.
(Feature Photo: Reuters and Esther Lin/Showtime Sports)