Unbeaten Mikey Garcia has reiterated his desire to lock horns with WBO World Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan.
Garcia returns to action after eighteen months on the sidelines to feature on the Leo Santa Cruz v Carl Frampton undercard in New York, fighting Elio Rojas over ten rounds.
“After this fight I want to come down to 135 lbs, the Champion I have picked over the others and the only reason I have done so is because he has the WBO Title. I want the WBO Title in the Lightweight division!” revealed Garcia to Behind the Gloves.
The 34-0 (28 KO) star has previously held the WBO World Title down at Featherweight and Super-Featherweight and is keen to remain loyal to the organisation as he bids to become a three weight World Champion.
Rojas is a former Featherweight World Champion and will be a suitable test for Garcia’s return to the ring. The American is delighted to feature at the Barclays Center: “It’s a great venue, the fans love their boxing. It’s a great opportunity for me to showcase and get back. We decided to do it at 140 lbs, we wasn’t sure how my body would react with being out so let’s be safe.”
After reaching an agreement to end his contract with TopRank after a near two year dispute which led to his inactivity, Garcia is currently exploring his options:
“Everybody is showing interest, as soon as they heard I was released the phone calls and gym visits started. Floyd [Mayweather] has come down here a couple of times, Haymon invited me down to the PBC fan fest and Showtime to the Porter v Thurman show. They have shown a lot of interest.”
Despite the keen interest, Garcia may opt to start off his own promotional outfit.
“We don’t have anything yet, there’s no agreement with anybody. I’m happy with how things are going, it takes a little while to get everything in order. I may start my own promotional company, I got the approval. We may partner with somebody.”
Watch the full interview below: