Mikey Garcia Reveals Why He Vacated IBF Lightweight Title

Mikey Garcia reveals the reason for why he vacated the IBF lightweight title.

The four-division world champion recently surrendered the IBF belt as the governing body was set to hold a purse bid between Garcia and mandatory challenger Richard Commey. Garcia explained to ESPN that the reason for him vacating was that he did not feel a fight against Commey was one that attracted him, but with the IBF demanding the title fight happen in the coming months after Garcia won the belt in late July.

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"The IBF was pushing for the Commey fight ASAP but with the WBC I have more time to decide what I want to do. But I’m looking for bigger fights. We have options and I just couldn’t get excited for the Richard Commey fight and the timing [the IBF] required to get it done was not enough time to negotiate considering the other options I have," Garcia said.

In regards to the aforementioned "bigger fights," Garcia is referring to a potential clash with IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Such a fight had been on Garcia's mind for months and initially, the two appear headed for a fight in December. After weeks of seemingly no update on negotiations, Ring TV would later go on to report that he and Spence are close to signing a deal to fight for the IBF welterweight title in early 2019.

As far as Garcia's status as the WBC lightweight champion, he is still the titleholder despite him having a mandatory challenger in Luke Campbell. Garcia won the WBC lightweight title in January 2017, but has only defended the title once which was the WBC/IBF lightweight unification against Robert Easter Jr. this past summer.

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