MIKEY GARCIA TO SERVE AS SHOWTIME GUEST ANALYST THIS WEEKEND
Press Release: WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia will join the Showtime broadcast as a guest analyst for the rematch between WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares and Anthony Crolla on Saturday, March 25th. The broadcast is set for the unusual start time of 6 pm Eastern time. Now a three-division title holder, Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs), will join host Brian Custer and analysts Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi in New York to call the Crolla vs. Linares II, which will air live from Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
"I'm excited to participate as guest analyst for this rematch,” said Garcia. “These are two of the most competitive boxers in my division. Jorge Linares won the first fight, but Crolla can create a different outcome.
"Linares has good hand speed, timing, reflexes and has power in both hands. Crolla has a good right hand and has shown some solid body work in his recent fights. While Crolla is getting better with each fight, Linares is likely still the better boxer, and should edge him out in a close fight."
Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) dethroned Crolla (31-5-3, 13 KOs) in a thrilling battle last fall in Manchester to capture the WBA crown. The Sept. 24 match was the first time the three-division titlist Linares, was pushed the 12-round distance in his career.
[Because Linares holds the ridiculous WBC diamond belt], the WBC has mandated that the winner of Linares-Crolla II to face the hard-hitting Garcia [-- which would be a good thing. However, the winner could simply keep the WBA title and would not need to fight Garcia]. The WBC belt came to Garcia when he knocked out Dejan Zlaticanin on Jan. 28th in just his second fight back following a 30-month layoff.