Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the World Boxing Council, has stated that WBC World Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia must face mandatory challenger Jorge Linares after their next fights.
They both hold versions of the WBC World Title at Lightweight and now Sulaiman won't accept any postponements.
First, Linares defends his WBA crown on January 27th in California, live on BoxNation.
Meanwhile Garcia is stepping up in weight to take on IBF World Super-Lightweight Champion Sergey Lipinets on February 10th in Texas. Should the American win, he will then have to choose between staying at 140lbs or defend his Lightweight belt against Linares.
"Champion Mikey Garcia received special permission to fight over the weight in February in a WBC special event. WBC Diamond Champion Jorge Linares will defend his championship in January. Both Champions will fight each other immediately after their bouts," Sulaiman revealed.
Last year, Garcia viciously knocked out Dejan Zlaticanin to become a three-weight World Champion, before beating Adrien Broner up at Super-Lightweight in the summer, proving he can operate at either weight quite comfortably.
Linares and Garcia's teams entered negotiations towards the end of last year, and while a fight wasn't actually made, they left on good terms.
Both men are regarded as two of the best fighters on the planet, meaning that a potential match-up is mouth-watering for boxing fans.
Buy BoxNation to watch Jorge Linares defend his belts against Mercito Gesta on January 27th, alongside Lucas Matthysse.