October 2 2018
By: Christopher Henderson
Mikey Garcia has been very vocal about his pursuit of IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. Immediately following his unification win over Robert Easter Jr in July, Garcia stated that he next wanted to move up from lightweight to face Spence.
The fight was discussed by both teams as well as Showtime executives and given approval. That was until Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury become a reality. Showtime simply couldn’t afford two big PPV’s around the same time so Garcia/Spence was kinda pushed to the back burner so to speak.
In beating Easter, Garcia picked up the IBF lightweight belt and with it came an order by the sanctioning body to face former title challenger Richard Commey. Originally, it was thought that Garcia may vacate the IBF belt if he could secure the Spence bout but with Showtime placing that fight on hold Garcia has agreed to go ahead and get his mandatory out of the way.
With Vasyl Lomachenko and Jose Pedraza in a lightweight unification bout the month before it could potentially set up a showdown for supremacy of the division later in 2019.
Commey lost a split decision to Easter in September of 2016 for the vacant IBF title in a very close fight. He would go on his next fight to lose a controversial split decision to Denis Shafikov in Russia, many felt Shafikov was the recipient of a hometown decision. Commey has since strung together three victories in a row to move back into the mandatory position.
There was a purse bid scheduled for this afternoon but the two teams informed the IBF that a deal had been reached. They now have 15 days to send signed contracts to the sanctioning body.
There’s a number of possibilities as far as the broadcast is concerned as PBC now has a deal with Fox that begins soon plus Eddie Hearn is still a possibility for Garcia according to his team. The details surrounding the bout are currently unclear and as more information becomes available FightZoneNews.com will keep you updated.