Mikey Garcia has admitted that the lack of adequate time to negotiate for the bout with Richard Commey forced him to vacate the belt.
The 30-year-old American on Tuesday vacated the IBF lightweight title to enable him move two steps up to fight Errol Spence in a much higher division.
Explaining to American cable network ESPN why he vacated the title, Garcia explained that the limited time given by IBF for negotiation with Commey, the mandatory challenger, was the reason he gave up his belt to avoid the title defence in order to face Spence for the IBF welterweight crown.
“Yes, I vacated,” Garcia told ESPN.
“I just didn’t have enough time to negotiate the Commey fight in the time the IBF required so I needed to vacate.
“I have a lot of options but the fight with Spence is the fight I want.”
On Commey and keeping his WBC title, he added: “The IBF was pushing for the Commey fight ASAP. But with the WBC I have more time to decide what I want to do.
“But I’m looking for bigger fights. We have options and I just couldn’t get excited for the Richard Commey fight.
“The timing (IBF officials) required to get it done was not enough time to negotiate considering the other options I have.”