Mikey Garcia put on a clinic on Saturday night against Adrien Broner. After moving up to 140-pounds, the Moreno Valley fighter never looked troubled in his non-title fight, and after stating his claim for a spot in the top ten pound-for-pound rankings it’s intriguing where the WBC champ will turn to next.
Let’s weigh up the top three contenders…
1 Terence Crawford (31-0)
With the WBC and WBO super-lightweight champion looking to unify the division against Julius Indongo in a fortnight's time, Garcia will no doubt target the 29-year-old if he stays at 140.
Mikey Garcia's two-and-a-half year hiatus from boxing was largely due to a dispute with former promotors Top Rank, so getting their respective teams around a negotiating table appears to be the biggest stumbling block if we are to ever see Garcia-Crawford.
Maybe Indongo gets the 'W' and the picture becomes clearer...?
2 Vasyl Lomachenko (8-1)
Despite the Top Rank promotional issues rearing their ugly head again with Lomachenko, a move up to lightweight is surely on the cards if he gets through the Marriaga fight unscathed.
With a loss already on his record, the dangerous Ukrainian has showed he fears no one inside the squared circle, and will be looking to move through the weights picking up more world titles to add to his collection.
Lomachenko has already won an Olympic gold medal at lightweight so is well versed at 135 - with a clash with Garcia proving one for the boxing purists.
3 Jorge Linares (42-3)
Now residing in the UK, Linares heads back across the Atlantic for his second WBA defence against Britain's Luke Campbell. If the Venezuelan comes through this test, a Garcia unification ticks all the boxing boxes.
Now at 31-years-old, “El Niño de Oro” is showing little signs of slowing down as his quest for lightweight supremacy continues, however if a unification happens in 2018 the tide will slowly start turning in Garcia's favour as father-time takes it's toll.
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