Mikey Garcia destroys Juan Manuel Lopez

By Andrew McCart
Last night Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KO’s) destroyed Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KO’s) in 4 rounds at the Anerican Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.Mikey Garcia however lost his WBO featherweight title before he even entered the ring coming in 2lbs over the 126lbs limit for featherweight, therefore forfeiting his title.

That meant that only Lopez had the chance to win the title, but that looked almost impossible as soon as the first bell ring. Garcia was using his jab effectively, snapping Lopez’s head back with some force. Garcia dominated Lopez over the 4 rounds, scoring a knockdown in the second. Lopez managed to get to his feet and complete the round. Then with 90 seconds gone in the fourth, Garcia landed a powerful left hand to record his 27th career knockout in 32 fights. The defeat was Lopez’s third in his last 6 fights.

So what next for Garcia? It’s clear that he struggles to make the 126lbs limit for featherweight and there is talk he could move up to super featherweight to face tough Puerto Rican Roman Martinez for his WBO crown. Which will no doubt be a real barn burner of a fight. For me though I would like to see Mikey Garcia fight Yuriorkas Gamboa in a super fight at some point in the near future.

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