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Mikey Garcia predicts second phase of his boxing career is set to be spectacular

Lee Selby (left) and Eric Hunter during the IBF featherweight World Championship bout at the 02 Arena, London on Saturday April 9, 2016.
Andrew Watters

WBC World lightweight title: Dejan Zlaticanin (22-0) v Mikey Garcia (35-0)

A TWO and-a-half year break from the ring to study law did Mikey Garcia no harm at all and he predicts that the second phase of his career is going to be spectacular. He faces a real challenge against unbeaten WBC champion Zlaticanin.

“I was gone two and-a-half years and now that I’m back, I’m ready to take over, I’m taking on the biggest challenges available,” said the Californian.

“I could cherry-pick my way up to a title but that’s not what I want. He seems to be the most dangerous in the division but the best is yet to come – this is only the beginning.

“On Saturday night I will become three-division world champion.”

Meanwhile, Montenegran hardman Zlaticanin has no intention of giving up his belt.

“Everybody knows how dangerous Mikey Garcia is,” he said.

“When they told me I had to fight him I accepted because I want to fight against the best.”

IBF World featherweight title: Lee Selby (23-1) v Jonathan Victor Barros (41-4-1)

IBF champion Selby is close to the top and would dearly love to swap places with Frampton who is at the top.

There’s a real of possibility of a summer showdown with Frampton and he’ll want to impress but won’t get it easy against teak-tough Argentinian Barros who has lost four but only been stopped once (by Mikey Garcia).

“I’m happy, excited and proud to be fighting in the Mecca of boxing,” said Selby.

“I turned pro 2008 with no TV backing, little money and fighting in small hall shows. I’ve worked my way up to fighting at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.”

Super-Lightweight: Josh Taylor (7-0) v Alfonso Olvera (8-2-1)

CYCLONE prospect Josh Taylor hopes to add to his eye-catching KO record (seven out of seven) with victory over Olvera tonight.

Mexican Olvera is unbeaten in his last five so this is a decent test for ‘The Tartan Tornado’ but it’s one he should come through.

Lightweight: Ivan Redkach (19-2-1) v Demond Brock (13-3-1)

Super-middleweight: David Benavidez (16-0) v Sherali Mamajonov (14-1)

Welterweight: Herbert Acevedo (12-2) v Chris Singleton (17-3-2)

Featherweight: Leduan Barthelemy (11-0) v Jesus Aguinaga (5-4-1)

Bantamweight: Antonio Santa Cruz (4-2) v Victor Torres (2-4-1)

Featherweight: Luis Gerardo Perez (2-0) v Javier Cepeda (0-4)

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