Shortly after Mikey Garcia won the IBF junior welterweight title in March he was ordered to make a mandatory defense against Ivan Baranchyk. Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs), 30, of Moreno Valley, California, instead opted to vacate and returned to lightweight, where he held the WBC belt, in order to face Robert Easter Jr. in a unification fight. Garcia outpointed Easter on July 28 to retain his title and win the IBF belt. Now Garcia has been ordered by the IBF to make a mandatory defense next against former title challenger Richard Commey (27-2, 24 KOs), 31, of Ghana. Commey stepped aside to allow Easter to fight Garcia. As part of the deal he got a fight on Saturday’s Andre Berto-Devon Alexander undercard and stopped Yardley Cruz in the second round. Now he's due his shot, be it against Garcia or for the vacant title. Most likely Commey will fight a foe to be determined for the vacant belt as Garcia has no plans to face him and will probably once again give up a title. Garcia is pursuing a much higher profile fight with welterweight titleholder Errol Spence Jr. The IBF ordered Garcia-Commey negotiations to be completed by Aug. 30 or a purse bid will be scheduled.
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