Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mikey Garcia to get title shot
By Dan Rafael
At long last, talented featherweight contender Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia will get a shot at a world title.
Garcia (28-0, 24 KOs) is the mandatory challenger for titlist Celestino Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs), and the WBA has called for a purse bid on the fight. The purse bid will take place May 3 in Miami if the sides don't make a deal ahead of time.
"We're trying to make this fight and [Top Rank, Garcia's promoter] is definitely going to bid on it if they don't make a deal," Cameron Dunkin, Garcia's manager, told ESPN.com. "It's the right time. Mikey is ready. We wanted to get certain fights done for him, but now I think he is 100 percent ready to go out there and win a world title. Caballero is still a good fighter and brings a lot of problems. He's a hard guy to fight, but it's Mikey's time and he's ready. He wants to take his shot."
Garcia, 24, of Oxnard, Calif., passed on a title shot against Billy Dib last summer because HBO didn't want to buy the bout. It was more important to Garcia and his team for him to be on HBO than to fight for the belt at that time, so Garcia fought (and beat) a different opponent.
The fight with Caballero will certainly land on an American television outlet. Dunkin said Top Rank told him that Showtime is interested.
"I've been told that Showtime is very interested in the fight and that HBO isn't," Dunkin said. "Showtime is very interested in Mikey, and we are very interested in Showtime."
The fight would take place in July or August, but "probably August," Dunkin said.
Caballero, 35, of Panama, is a former unified junior featherweight titlist. He claimed a featherweight belt with a decision against Jonathan Barros in an October rematch in Argentina. Caballero has made one defense, a decision against Satoshi Hosono in Japan in December.