Mikey Garcia faces Jessie Vargas in a welterweight clash for the WBC Diamond belt on Saturday, February 29. The two will meet at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, live on DAZN.
Garcia and Vargas are multi-division world champions. They are also WBC Cares ambassadors.
The World Boxing Council Board of Governors unanimously voted in favor to approve the WBC Diamond belt. The current WBC welterweight champion is Errol Spence, Jr.
“I think that there’s a lot more that I can do at 147lbs,” said Garcia. “The Spence fight was not a representation of that, it wasn’t my night and not the fight that I wanted to fight, I just couldn’t perform and once in a while you have an off night and it happened to be that night for me. I need to show my fans and the boxing world that I can do a lot more, even at 147lbs.”
Last March 2019, Garcia faced Errol Spence in a blockbuster fight at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Garcia lost a unanimous decision after going up two weight classes to challenge the champion for the IBF title.
“A World title in a fifth division is very exciting. After this fight I’ll look at options at 147lbs and 140lbs, I’m not stuck at either weight, I’m keeping my options open.”
The WBC Diamond belt is an iconic trophy that has been awarded to commemorate special fights. Some of the past winners of Diamond belts include Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins, and Canelo Alvarez.
Garcia (39-1 30 KOs) has stayed at Welterweight to meet Vargas (29-2-2 11 KOs).
“I want to create a bigger legacy for myself and for my family. I’m not done. I still feel I have a lot more to accomplish and I know I will. I’m in the prime of my career right now. There’s no looking back or stopping me right now.
“I consider this the third stage of my career because I am coming off a loss. Can I come back stronger and better than before or am I done? Past my prime? That’s why I’m here to prove it to everyone that I’m not any less than what you saw in previous years. In fact, I am only getting better. I consider this next part to be the best years of my career.”
Source: Rhett Butler