Garcia eyeing ‘supremacy’ against winner of Crolla-Linares

Mikey Garcia wants the opportunity to fight the winner of the Anthony Crolla-Jorge Linares rematch and "claim supremacy of the division".

The hard-hitting Californian is looking to win a world title at a third different weight against WBC lightweight holder Dejan Zlaticanin in Las Vegas this weekend, live on Sky Sports.

Garcia (35-0-KO29) was a champion at featherweight and super-featherweight before taking a two-and-a-half year break from the sport, but is now up at 135lbs, putting him in line to face either WBA and Ring Magazine holder Linares or former champion Crolla following their immediate rematch in Manchester in March.

"I would really love the opportunity to fight the winner," he told Sky Sports.

"They have a rematch coming up and the first fight was a great one, and if I can get the winner and claim supremacy of the division, that would be amazing.

"I am also willing to go anywhere to get that fight. That's what it's about; you want those challenges and that's what I am about."

Garcia, who carries an ominous 83 per cent knockout ratio, took just five rounds to beat former world champion Elio Rojas in New York in the summer, on the undercard of Carl Frampton's first fight with Leo Santa Cruz.

Zlaticanin (22-0-KO15) won the vacant WBC strap by stopping Franklin Mamani in New York in June, becoming Montenegro's first-ever boxing world champion.

The unbeaten southpaw known as 'Dynamite' was linked with a unification fight with Linares after he took the WBA title away from Crolla in September.

Linares suffered a hand injury and with Crolla using the rematch clause in their contract, it opened the door for Garcia to become a three-weight world champion.

"The best is yet to come," Garcia said.

"What happened in the past is only a small taste, a glimpse of what Mikey Garcia is going to achieve and this Saturday night is just the beginning.

"I know he [Zlaticanin] is very strong, very motivated, is undefeated, is a southpaw and has power – he is a very dangerous fighter.

"A lot of people are saying this is the wrong time, taking this was too soon for me, being that I was away for so long, but these are the sort of challengers I am here to take on.

"I'm here to prove a point, make a point, make a statement. You've got to take on these challenges and this is the best possibly opportunity for me.

"I am going to take full advantage of this."

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