Mikey Garcia is on the verge of vacating his WBC lightweight title, according to reports.
The Mexican-American recently jumped up two divisions and challenged IBF welterweight king Errol Spence Jr, losing by shutout decision.
Following the bout, there has been much speculation regarding whether the four-weight world champion would return back to his old weight class and defend his crown, and ESPNmx claim he’s now made his decision.
It’s reported that Garcia will become ‘emeritus’ champion, which entitles him to return to lightweight at any point and instantly fight to regain his old belt if he so chooses.
In the meantime, the world title will be vacated and freed up so that British mandatory challenger Luke Campbell can contest for it.
The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist beat Yvan Mendy in a final eliminator rematch last September to earn his opportunity.
It is currently unclear who he will be ordered to face for the belt, with Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 25 years old) ranked in the number two spot.
Behind him sit two of the hottest prospects in world boxing as Americans Devin Haney (21-0, 20 years old) and Teofimo Lopez (13-0, 21 years old) are ranked third and fourth respectively.
Another option could see Campbell sanctioned to face unified WBA and WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko in a three-belt unification.
This would be a rare move from the WBC, but has been suggested by Lomachenko’s promoter Bob Arum, who claims he’ll attempt to make a deal with Campbell to stage that bout in the UK.