Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez

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2013-06-15 : Mikey Garcia 128 lbs beat Juan Manuel Lopez 125¼ lbs by TKO at 1:34 in round 4 of 12

Notes

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  • Mikey Garcia 31-0 (26 KOs) vs. Juan Manuel Lopez 33-2 (30 KOs)
  • Garcia entered as the world featherweight champion according to The Ring Magazine. Lopez, a 4.35-to-1 betting underdog, was ranked as the #10 featherweight contender by the same publication. [1] [2]
  • Garcia came in two pounds over the 126-pound limit and chose not to attempt to lose the extra weight. Thus, he was stripped of the WBO title and for the fight it was only at stake for Lopez. Garcia also paid Lopez a reported six-figure fine to allow the fight to continue. [3]
  • Garcia was five months removed from a badly broken nose in his bout against Orlando Salido (39-11-2). The injury, caused by a headbutt, sent the fight prematurely to the scorecards and required surgery to repair.
  • After the bout, Garcia said he felt he could still make the featherweight limit in the future, but indicated he would likely move up to 130 pounds. [4]
  • Poster #2

Bout Summary

Miguel Angel "Mikey" Garcia floored Juan Manual Lopez twice and, despite losing his WBO featherweight title on the scales, pushed his unbeaten streak to 32 fights with a fourth-round technical knockout win.

Garcia, 25, stuck Lopez repeatedly with a stiff jab, picked his shots well, and regularly snapped back the head of Lopez.

A jab, straight right combination caught Lopez in the mouth at 2:09 of Round 2 and put the former world champion on his backside. He made it to his feet and following the mandatory eight-count was allowed to continue. By the end of the round, however, the Puerto Rican's face was already marked and beginning to swell.

Lopez stepped up his aggression in Round 4, but was repeatedly met as he came forward with clean shots from Garcia, who controlled distance well and showed no signs of being drained from attempting to make the 126-pound limit. A right hand from Garcia, followed seconds later by a left to the side of the head, put Lopez down flat on his back midway through the fourth round. He again got to his feet, but was clearly hurt and stood on shaky legs. At 1:35, the referee waved an end to the bout.

Quote

  • "Juanma has been as exciting as anyone in recent years but the wars took their toll. He's all shot now. That is obvious. He's a shell. One of most amazing things I covered was Juanma surviving the 12th round vs. Rogers Mtagwa. All heart. But there's nothing left. Maybe the comments ... might sound harsh but I've been a fan of his for YEARS. I'm just being honest." - ESPN's Dan Rafael [5]

External Links

  • Recap of the card, including Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez, on Queensberry Rules Radio, featuring James Foley, Patrick Connor and Eric Raskin [6]