Featherweight contender Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia passed on a title shot to return to HBO for his second consecutive fight on June 4, when he will open a telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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Garcia, 23, who made his HBO debut March 26 with a 10th-round knockout of Matt Remillard, will face Mexico's Miguel Beltran Jr. (24-1, 17 KOs), a 21-year-old who has won two in a row since his lone loss, a 10th-round knockout to Joksan Hernandez in April 2010.
Garcia (25-0, 21 KOs) was in line to face Australia's Billy Dib for the 126-pound belt recently vacated by Yuriorkis Gamboa. However, Garcia-Dib was an unsellable fight to the American television network because of Dib's well-deserved reputation as a fighter who makes for ugly, defensive fights. Beltran, who likes to rumble, figures to be a different story.
"It's a good fight because styles make fights," said Carl Moretti of Top Rank, Garcia's promoter. "Beltran is a little bit bigger than Mikey. It can't help but be a good fight."
Garcia and his team did not press for the title bout, Moretti said, understanding the situation with Dib.
"They decided to not pursue the vacant IBF title fight against the worst television fighter in history," Moretti said. "HBO wasn't going near it and refers to Dib as the worst television fighter, and I don't disagree. It's a tough sell in today's market. Mikey won't have the opportunity with the IBF in his next fight, but I have no doubt he will fight for a title and win one.
"Anyone can fight for a belt, but looking good and moving on is where you make money and grow and cement your reputation. I think that passing on a fight with Billy Dib in Staples Center in a fight that would have been ugly to watch was a good move in the long run," Moretti said.
Cameron Dunkin, Garcia's manager, said Garcia was disappointed about passing on a shot at a world title but that he understands the bigger picture.
"Mikey, more than anything, wants to be a champion, but passing on another HBO fight, it was just too much to give up," Dunkin said. "He considers it an honor to be on HBO and he would never ever turn that down. Although he wants the IBF title and is thankful to them for making him the No. 1 contender, this wasn't a 10-second decision. He said he can't give up HBO for anything. It hurt him to give up the title shot, but he said that nothing touches being on HBO, especially to come right back and have a second fight in a row on HBO. He knows he will get his title shot eventually."
Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter @danrafaelespn.