Linares vs. Garcia Summer Matchup?
By: Steve McCowan – BillyCBoxing.com
Jorge Linares out boxed a clearly over matched fighter in Anthony Crolla in their unnecessary rematch, (since Crolla had a rematch clause in their contract for their first match), which I thought Linares won comfortably. This time there will be no rematch (thankfully) and I am not saying that because Linares and Crolla didn’t put on two entertaining fights, I am saying that because even if those two fought ten times I think it’s clear that Linares would probably win every time.
Now let us fast forward to the here and now….immediately after the fight, Linares called out a tricky, smart, and heavy handed fighter in Mikey Garcia who returned last January for his second fight since his nearly two and a half year layoff to totally destroy another overmatched opponent in Dejan Zlaticanin in a KO of the year style ending in the 3rd round to become a three division champion (Featherweight, Jr. Lightweight, Lightweight). Linares said he is ready and willing to make a fight with Garcia and would like that to happen next. Garcia has said in at least one interview that he would like the fight to happen next also, even saying he would like it to be this summer in late July or early August.
The only thing that seems to be a possible road block to this exciting matchup, (on paper), is that Linares is fighting for Golden Boy Promotions and Garcia fought his last fight on the PBC on showtime. Neither of these companies seem to be eager to put any of their top talents against one another for fear of it causing a black eye on the face of their company if their top guy loses to the other companies’ top guy. Lest we forget the broken relationships and bad blood between key members of Golden Boy Promotions and the PBC/Al Haymon etc.
While Linares/Garcia may be an intriguing matchup idea let’s just sit back and see whether or not these divided companies choose to do business with each other. Maybe or hopefully the money can be a big enough factor to put past differences aside, then they can give fight fans a fight we would truly like to see. So far 2017 has been a good year for boxing fans, let’s hope the trend continues and we get a summer 2017 fight between the lightweight divisions top two fighters.