Mikey Garcia would love to fight in the UK and admits he could get his wish if Anthony Crolla wins his rematch with Jorge Linares.
The new WBC lightweight world champion wants to unify the division after becoming a three-weight world champion with a devastating knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin last weekend.
The March 25 Manchester rematch could see Crolla regain his WBA title and although he is leaning towards Linares “at this time”, Garcia would love to come to the UK and is even willing to take on WBC Silver holder Luke Campbell.
“I would love the opportunity to get over there,” he exclusively told Sky Sports.
“I know we’ve got a lot of boxing support in the UK and it’s been a big, big tradition over there, so I would definitely love the opportunity to go over there and fight – for the fans I have over there.
“I am open to different options. I would love to unify the titles against the winner of Linares or Crolla – Linares chased the rematch again.
“However, I know if Crolla wins, I’ll probably have to wait in line so they can have a third match. I would like to fight Terry Flanagan for the WBO title and unify the titles with his, but I know he’s also got something lined up.
I know we’ve got a lot of boxing support in the UK and it’s been a big, big tradition over there, so I would definitely love the opportunity to go over there and fight
“I haven’t really seen Campbell, but I have heard of him a few times, because he holds the lower version of the WBC. If he is a top contender and a worthy challenger then, of course, I would like to face him.
“I am willing to fight anyone that’s available and I believe it’s about giving the fight fans the best out there. I’d like a champion, so I can unify, or I’ll go to the second-best option which would be the title contender.”
Garcia did not rule out moving up to super-lightweight if there were no big fights available at 135lbs, but wants to take on the best and establish himself as America’s No 1.
The Californian had a two-and-a-half-year break away from the sport due to a “litigation battle” with his former promoter but has had two fights back after winning the case.
‘Mikey’ not only feels he has a second chance to reach the top, but warned the other lightweight champions and big names up at 140lbs that he is going to get even better.
“As I keep telling everybody, you still haven’t seen the best of me and the best is yet to come,” he said.
“You’ve really got to believe that. I expect to do big things and stand out in boxing and this stage of my career is going to be the most memorable.
“I am just trying to win the big fights and build my legacy, to take over and be considered ‘the man’ and the one to bare the torch. That would be great.
“It’s a very big decision and it’s stacked. You’ve got great fighters, great champions and there’s a lot of buzz in the lightweight division now I am back. I have created more buzz and I am going to keep playing.
“I am one of the top guys in the division, who can mix and match with the other guys to make a great match-up.”
Watch Jorge Linares vs Anthony Crolla II from the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports, on Saturday, March 25.
Mikey Garcia wants to fight in the UK and won’t rule out Anthony Crolla or Luke Campbell – SkySports