Vasyl Lomachenko-Mikey Garcia could be tough to make – Orange County Register

Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia might be one of those tough-to-make fights. Lomachenko is promoted by Top Rank Inc., which promoted Garcia until a contract dispute resulted in Garcia sitting out 2 1/2 years ahead of his departure from the company following a settlement.
This is an emotional sport. Some of that spilled out during a conference call this week promoting Lomachnko’s super featherweight title defense against Miguel Marriaga of Colombia on Saturday at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles (on ESPN).
On the call were Lomachenko, his manager Egis Klimas and Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. With the call came the realization that we might never see Garcia vs. Lomachenko come to fruition.
Klimas expressed some dismay about something Garcia said after his somewhat wide unanimous-decision victory this past Saturday over Adrien Broner on Showtime. Klimas wasn’t quite finished when duBoef interjected.
“Mikey Garcia, Mikey Garcia, after the fight he said clearly, ‘Whoever is willing to fight on Showtime, I will fight you,’” Klimas said. “He is over there choosing the network. I think we are in a different grade. I would love to fight Mikey Garcia. It would give a big name to Vasyl, but …”
In came duBoef.
“I don’t even think it’s a big name,” he said, laughing.
Didn’t Garcia’s victory over Broner make his name big? A reporter asked.
“After what victory?” duBoef said. “I saw the fight, believe it or not. I didn’t think it was an incredible performance. He outpointed Broner. I didn’t think it was a scintillating fight. I thought he won the fight clearly. I wasn’t thinking, ‘Oh my God, the masses are clamoring to see him.’
“I am being honest with you. I think he had a nice fight. He fought well. Broner wasn’t throwing a lot of punches and Mikey did a good job, but a big name? A big name is Mikey Garcia now? I don’t see that.”
Don’t be mad at duBoef. This is boxing. You won’t find a promoter who would really sing the praises of a fighter with whom he had a major beef. We get that.
But Garcia — from Moreno Valley via Oxnard — is one of the more talented fighters in the world. He has increased his popularity after being out of fans’ minds for some time. He holds a world title at lightweight and, frankly, is one of the few fighters who would have a chance to defeat Lomachenko.
Don’t know about you, but blowouts stink. Lomachenko’s fight against Marriaga could fall into that category. In April, Marriaga…

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