Throughout the history of boxing, stepping up in weight to challenge the larger champions has been a true measure of a fighter’s greatness.
Mikey Garcia will be the latest hopeful fighter to make a daunting step up divisions in his pursuit of cementing his legacy.
The Californian has already enjoyed a glittering professional career to date, having admirably rallied to world title success in four weight classes so far.
After becoming featherweight world champion back in 2013 by overcoming Orlando Salido, the hugely talented fighter moved up to clinch the super-featherweight crown in the same year when stopping Roman Martinez.
A brutal knockout of Dejan Zlaticanin followed in 2017, as he then reigned at lightweight too before adding a light-welterweight belt to his collection when outpointing the tough and durable Russian Sergey Lipinets earlier this year.
Although, his pursuit of further glory may see him take a step too far in 2019 as he moves up to welterweight to tackle arguably the best champion in the division, Errol Spence Jr.
The hopeful Mexican-American will take to the ring on fight night as the substantial 3/1 underdog with bet365 in the latest boxing betting to come out on top with a sensational success over the much bigger Spence Jr.
Ukrainian ace Vasyl Lomachenko, widely regarded pound-for-pound number one in the sport, has called for a huge lightweight title unification meeting with Garcia at some point in 2019.
That would be a genuine super-fight in the sport, but it looks unlikely to happen with Garcia set to go toe to toe with Spence Jr on March 16th at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. ‘Loma’ is another massive fight, but fans may have to wait a lot longer than expected to ever see such an incredible clash come to fruition.
Eyebrows were raised when the announcement came regarding Garcia moving up to 147 pounds to contest currently reigning IBF title-holder Spence Jr on American soil, with the size difference being the focus of attention.
Boxing history is littered with smaller fighters moving up and dethroning much bigger champions, but the gap in size here has many fans and pundits instantly writing off any chances Garcia has of sensationally prevailing.
Having won a world title as low as 126 pounds and even looking beyond his natural weight at 140 pounds, moving to welterweight to challenge such a hard-hitting and destructive puncher such as Spence Jr seems a mountainous task.
Garcia has the credentials to cause an upset on paper, entering this fight with an impressive record of 39-0, which includes 30 victories by KO. A highly-productive 2018 saw him rack up wins over Lipinets and the controversial Adrien Broner. But is this latest quest going to prove too testing a challenge, even for such a sublime fighter?
A win over Spence Jr would see Garcia become a five-weight world champion, and such a feat in 2019 would undoubtedly cement his status as one of the best fighters in recent times.