If Hector Luis Garcia (16-0) has his way he will face Shakur Stevenson (18-0) in a three-belt unification showdown in December.
Garcia was in action Saturday night when he captured the WBA super featherweight title with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Roger Gutierrez in a Showtime televised match. The win followed up his February breakthrough performance against heavy favorite Chris Colbert.
Stevenson holds the WBC and WBO titles and last fought in April when he unified titles against the previously undefeated Oscar Valdez. Next up for the American is a title defense against Robson Conceicao on September 23rd in Newark, New Jersey.
The 30-year-old Garcia is trained by Bob Santos and fights under the Premier Boxing Champions banner while Stevenson is promoted by Top Rank Inc. In recent years, the two rival companies have worked together more frequently. They came together to co-promote the second and third fights between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, and also reached agreements for Artur Beterbiev to face his mandatory challenger Marcus Browne and Terence Crawford to face his respective mandatory challenger Shawn Porter.
Garcia hopes that he can fight Stevenson before the end of the year.
“Shakur said that he wants to be undisputed champion and he can’t do that without facing me,” Garcia stated. “He just beat Valdez who was still a featherweight last year. He has never fought a fighter like me. I beat a full fledged undefeated super featherweight with less than 3 weeks notice against Colbert and I only trained for 5 weeks for Roger Gutierrez who was a champion. Stevenson wouldn’t have risked taking any of those fights under those circumstances.”
Stevenson is known as the best defensive fighter in the sport with great hand speed and footwork. Garcia believes his size, power and timing will be more than enough to hand the New Jersey native his first professional loss.
“They said Colbert was too fast and defensive for me and that Gutierrez had too much experience and power but look what I did to them and I didn’t have a full training camp. I promise that with a full training camp I will beat Stevenson easier than I beat them,” Garcia told BoxingScene.com.
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