After 917 days on the shelf, Mikey Garcia was anxious to return to work.
And now that he’s returned, already winning a set of conflicts and including a third weight class name belt for his trophy case, it is clear that he’s not interested in another pledge.
Instead, the 29-year older is temporarily abandoning his 135-pound championship to test the mettle of the next multi-division claimant — Adrien Broner — at a 140-pound summit meeting on Saturday night.
The midsummer match will go off at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and also be transported live as part of a card Showtime that’ll begin at 9 p.m. ET.
“It is a big fight. It is probably gonna be the biggest fight of my career up to now,” Garcia said.
“We were attempting to secure title unification matches or a big title defense at 135, but nothing was really available. When the opportunity came up to fight Adrien Broner, we agreed immediately.
“It makes the most sense for the time being. It is a big fight everybody appears to be very excited for. I am very happy with the way things turned out”
Garcia has never fought beyond the 138 pounds — the weight he fought at in a fifth-round TKO of Elio Rojas last July. He won the WBC’s lightweight title six months later with an impressive third-round destruction of Dejan Zlaticanin — boosting his career mark to 36-0 with 30 KOs.
Broner, who has maintained straps at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, is 33-2 with 24 KOs and hasn’t lost a fight while weighing less than 143.5 pounds — going 31-0 with 24 stoppages.
“As soon as they proposed the struggle, when there were discussions about it, I consented. I want to show to everybody the kind of fighter that I’m, the caliber of fighter that I am,” Garcia said.
“That means I must manage the big names, the entire world champions, and prove myself and prove to everyone. That’s why I am following these huge challenges. Other boxers may take action for different reasons or they might hold on a major fight to get a couple of easy wins and make a few added bucks, but I’m here to take control of boxing and also dominate the sport.”
The fight is contracted for 140 pounds.
Broner last fought in February, beating Adrian Granados by split decision at 146.5 lbs.
“Being that I’m still champion at 135 and I want to compete in 135, I wouldn’t head over 140,” Garcia said. “That was the one thing that concerned me personally and Adrien Broner accepted immediately, too.
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