After 917 days on the shelf, Mikey Garcia was predictably anxious to get back to work.
And now that he’s returnedalready winning a set of conflicts and including a third weight class name belt for his trophy case, it is clear he’s not interested in another pledge.
Rather, the 29-year older is temporarily abandoning his 135-pound championship to check the mettle of the next multi-division claimant — Adrien Broner — at a 140-pound summit meeting on Saturday night.
The midsummer match will go off at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and also be carried live as part of a card on Showtime that’ll start at 9 p.m. ET.
“It’s a major struggle. It is likely gonna be the biggest battle of my career to date,” Garcia explained.
“We were trying to procure title unification games or a significant title defense at 135, but nothing was actually available. When the chance came up to combat Adrien Broner, we agreed right away.
“It makes the most sense for the time being. It’s a big fight everybody seems to be quite excited for. I am happy with the way things turned out.”
Garcia hasn’t fought beyond the 138 pounds — the weight he fought in a fifth-round TKO of Elio Rojas last July. He won the WBC’s lightweight title six months later with an impressive third-round destruction of Dejan Zlaticanin — boosting his career mark to 36-0 with 30 KOs.
Broner, who has claimed belts at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, is 33-2 with 24 KOs and hasn’t lost a fight while weighing less than 143.5 pounds — going 31-0 with 24 stoppages.
“As soon as they suggested the struggle, as soon as there were discussions about it, I agreed. I want to prove to everybody the sort of fighter that I’m, the caliber of fighter that I am,” Garcia explained.
“That means I must manage the big titles, the world champions, and prove myself and prove to everyone. That’s why I’m after these huge challenges. Other boxers may take action for different reasons or they might hold on a big fight to get a few easy wins and also make a few added bucks, but I am here to take charge of boxing and dominate the game.”
The fight is contracted for 140 pounds.
Broner continue fought in February, beating Adrian Granados by split decision at 146.5 pounds.
“Being that I’m still champion at 135 and I still want to compete at 135, I would not go over 140,” Garcia explained. “This was the only thing that concerned me and Adrien Broner accepted right away, too.
Read more: free sports betting tips