Mikey Garcia announced himself at 140 pounds with a dominant display against Adrien Broner in New York.
The reigning WBC title holder at lightweight, Garcia decided to take a fight with Broner whilst mandatory Jorge Linares battles Luke Campbell in September before potentially facing the winner by the end of the year.
Garcia may not want to move back down the five pounds though after proving he can mix it at the elite super-lightweight level by taking almost every round (with WBN) from a lacklustre Broner at Barclays Center.
Broner used mind-boggling avoiding tactics at times and just didn’t let his hands go enough as Garcia racked up point after point with his technically sound skills and impenetrable style.
In the end, Garcia gained victory with all three judges who came back with surprising scores of 117-111 and 116-112 twice in favour of the Mexican-American. WBN had it far wider at 119-109.
The defeat represents Broner’s first career reverse under 147 pounds.
In the co-feature, Jermall Charlo became the number one contender for the World Boxing Council middleweight title in what must go down as one of the most farcical championship eliminators of recent times.
From the first bell, it was apparent Sebastian Heiland was injured but he was allowed to compete with Charlo for three and half rounds.
Heiland struggled through the first, went down in the second, was checked by doctors after the third and finally fell over in the fourth before referee Benjy Esteves stepped in.
The win was no fault of Charlo’s though, who did what he had to do to earn a shot at the winner of the unified Gennady Golovkin v Canelo Alvarez bout on September 16.