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Mikey Garcia negotiating “stay-busy fight” on September 18th

Garcia has fought just once since 2019, scoring a February 2020 decision over Jessie Vargas

Mikey Garcia v Jessie Vargas Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The stage appeared thoroughly set for a clash between Mikey Garcia and Regis Prograis, but if that fight’s still on the table, it’s not happening next. Mike Coppinger reports that Garcia is negotiating with Eddie Hearn for a “stay-busy fight” on September 18th. Steve Kim was first on the interim bout news yesterday.

“Rougarou” was not enthused.

Garcia (40-1, 30 KO) has fought just twice in the last three years and hasn’t competed thrice in a calendar year since 2013. The 33-year-old’s talent is matched only by his penchant for self-sabotage, and for all of his accomplishments, it’s hard not to see his career as an ongoing disappointment. Prograis (26-1, 22 KO) has scored two stoppages since Garcia last graced the ring, overpowering Juan Heraldez and beating down Ivan Redkach in a bizarre affair.

The put the final nail in this show’s coffin, it’ll be running head to head with Stephen Fulton vs. Brandon Figueroa on Showtime, which is one of the best fights on the entire schedule at the moment.

Boxing will be boxing, I suppose.

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