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Two-weight champ looking likely as chief Frampton-LSC support

After two and a half years out of the ring it looks like unbeaten former WBO featherweight and super featherweight champion Mikey Garcia [34(28)-0] is to be added as the chief support to the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz clash at the Barclay’s Centre on July 30th.

The Mexican-American has been out of action since January 2014 due to a now-resolved legal battle with former promoter Top Rank, but will return next month in New York at lightweight and begin his search for a third belt.

While the bout, and opponent, are yet to be confirmed, Ring Magazine have revealed that the 28 year old is likely to make an appearance on the Premier Boxing Champions/Showtime card.

Showtime chief Stephen Espinoza explained that “It hasn’t quite been finalized, but we think he’s a talented fighter; the sport has missed him, and he’s fought in New York City before.”

“He’s a good match with Leo and Frampton (as the co-feature), so I think we’d like to make it happen and we’re working to make it happen.”

The proposed addition will replace the Danny Jacobs-Sergio Mora rematch which was initially pencilled in but later removed and marked out as a headliner in its own right later this year.

Garcia joins Conrad Cummings, Josh Taylor, and the WBO female featherweight title fight between Amanda Serrano and Dahiana Santana, on the card.

Joe O'Neill

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