Mikey Garcia has a real chance to prove himself and take his career to the next level by staying at 140 and looking to fight the winner of the August 19th fight between Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo. Let’s be serious. Crawford is going to win that fight and win it with flying colors.
Indongo is a good fighter, but he’s nowhere near as good as Crawford. Mikey (37-0, 30 KOs) is undefeated and riding high with his victory over Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) last Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Mikey beat one of the best fighters in the 140 lb. division in Broner, and he made it look easy. Mikey had Broner tied in knots mentally, afraid to throw punches for fear of being hit by one of Mikey’s counter shots.
Garcia, 29, has the chance to take the winner of the Crawford-Indongo fight. The fight is there for Mikey if he wants it. Crawford has already made it clear that he wants to fight Garcia. It’s the best in the light welterweight division right now. Garcia is a pound for pound star, as is Crawford.
This is two of the most talented fighters in boxing right now, and the boxing public needs this fight. There would be no loser. The guy loses will come out looking sensational due to the huge publicity the fight will bring in. If the fight turns out to be as exciting as I believe it to be, the winner and the loser of the contest will see their careers soar sky-high.
Garcia needs this fight. Beating Broner is no enough to turn Mikey into a star. Moreover, Garcia will be wasting his time if he moved back down to 135 and resumes fighting over-matched smaller guys that don’t have the talent, size or the power to compete on an even playing field with Garcia.
After missing close to 3 years in the prime of his career, Garcia is in the zenith of his career right now. He’s looking great right now. Garcia won’t be able to stay at this level for too much longer. His brother/trainer Robert Garcia was once a good fighter. His career was finished by the time he was 26. Mikey is now 29. We don’t know how much longer he has before he’s over-the-hill. But for that reason, he needs to take advantage of his prime by taking the fight with Crawford right now before it’s too late.