Roman Martinez v Mikey Garcia: October 3 deadline for WBO title clash

Phil Jay 05/09/2013

The World Boxing Organisation have given current super-featherweight champion Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez until the beginning of next month to agree to defend his title against former featherweight king Mikey Garcia.

Martinez, who regained the title in 2012 following his loss to the now lightweight title holder Ricky Burns two years previously, is two defences into his second reign and the WBO have stipulated that Garcia is to be given an immediate shot at the belt following his move up from 126lbs.

The 30 year-old Puerto Rican ended Diego Magdaleno’s undefeated record in April via a split decision and the heavy-hitter now faces another Top Rank prospect with a perfect record in Garcia, if the two sides can secure the contest.

The WBO have listed October 3 as the date in question for the clash to be thrashed out with purse bids to be called if an agreement above $150,000 cannot be reached. The WBO also stated that either side can call for a purse bid at any time during negotiation period.

Oxnard-based Garcia, 25, is currently scheduled to return to the ring in Texas on November 16 in what could now be a warm-up for the Californian before he attempts to become a two-weight world champion against Martinez.