Mikey Garcia talking about future opponents only serves to motivate Sergey Lipinets further

Joe Hewlett 10/03/2018

Amanda Westcott

Mikey Garcia has the chance to become a four-weight world champion this weekend when he takes on IBF light-welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets.

It will be Garcia’s first outing since producing a devastating performance to defeat Adrien Broner back in August.

And if he prevails, he will become just the third boxer after Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez to become a champion at 126, 130, 135 and 140lbs.

The WBC lightweight champion has been linked with lucrative fights with the likes of WBA champion Jorge Linares and Ukrainian superstar Vasyl Lomachenko.

However, Lipinets is hoping to upset the odds and admitted to relishing his role as the underdog ahead of their bout this weekend, which takes place in Texas.

He said: “The fact that everybody’s talking about Mikey fighting this guy after our fight or that guy after that fight, it really doesn’t matter with me.

“If anything, it motivates me even more as far as looking for some other fights after that fight, I’m not looking past Mikey.”

Both fighters possess the winning formula. Garcia boasts a record of 37-0 whilst Lipinets is undefeated in thirteen, stopping ten of his opponents inside the distance.

Making his first defence of the IBF crown since defeating Akihiro Kondo for the vacant title, the Kazak born fighter recognises the magnitude of their upcoming bout.

He knows a victory would send shockwaves across the boxing world.

“There’s nothing that I’m thinking about but Mikey’s fight and then when the fight actually occurs and when I come out to where I’m going to come out of that ring, then you start talking about the future opponents.

“Of course, you want to the fight the best. I’ve proven my whole career as a boxer, I’ve fought always tougher guys than people thought I should have been fighting.

“I was not built up on thinking that we’re supposed to be opponents.

“So, yes, I’m looking for a challenge all the time. But first things first. On March 10th, Mikey Garcia,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95