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Mikey Garcia finally gets his release from Top Rank

Mikey Garcia's long and drawn-out legal battle with Top Rank is finally over as the company grants him a release from the promotional company.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.


Now we might actually see the talented boxer back inside the ring as his lengthy legal battle with promotional company Top Rank has finally come to an end. Top Rank's Carl Moretti announced that the sides have now come to a settlement where Garcia will become a free agent. Garcia, one of the most promising talents in the game, has sat on the shelf for over two years as he sued Top Rank, alleging that his contract with the company was illegal and in violation of the Muhammad Ali Act.

Bob Arum also spoke on the subject with Michelle Rosado during a recent podcast:

"We've given Mikey his release, and he's free to do what he wants," Arum told Rosado toward the end of their segment. "Other promoters made runs at him. Well, managers, promoters," Arum added. "That screwed him up. And yeah, we didn't offer him the (Terence) Crawford fight because he wanted more money than Crawford and Crawford is the champion. That means something."

Mikey Garcia recently made publicly statements suggesting that Top Rank hadn't offered him a fight in two years. That, however, is a characterization that Arum firmly denies, suggesting that Garcia just priced himself out of anything reasonable. Whatever the fact of the matter is, what's really important is that the whole ordeal is finally over and Garcia is now free to align himself with Al Haymon -- which has long been rumored to be his endgame.

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