Jorge Linares and Mikey Garcia ordered to fight by World Boxing Council
Last Updated: 05/10/17 12:36pm
Lightweight stars Jorge Linares and Mikey Garcia have been ordered to fight by the WBC.
The governing body have confirmed they want the pair to meet, with Garcia's world title and Linares' Diamond belt on the line.
The announcement was confirmed at the WBC's 55th annual convention in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Both fighters' teams are reported to be in contact, with Linares and Garcia calling each other out before the ordering.
Linares retained his world title by out-pointing Luke Campbell two weeks ago, and although 'Cool Hand' wants a rematch, the Venezuelan has always wanted to face Garcia.
"If Garcia wants to fight me, I will fight him, but I don't think he will come back down to 135lbs," he told Sky Sports in July.
"He has had problems with the weight and he looks like a super-lightweight now - the best weight for him."
Garcia, who took the WBC title from Dejan Zlaticanin in January and out-classed Adrian Broner in his first defence, has been linked with a move up to super-lightweight to become a four-weight world champion, but would rather become the unified champion at 135lbs.
"I would really like a fight with Linares but if that's not available and other unification fights are unavailable, I will have to look at the super-lightweight or even welterweight.
"I would really like to unify lightweight and become the man, the king of the division before I move up," he said in July ahead of his Broner bout.
Both have held world titles at featherweight, super-featherweight and lightweight, with Garcia (37-0-KO30) still unbeaten, while Linares (43-3-KO27) has boxed in four continents and fought in 11 world title fights, in comparison to the American's six.
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