Mikey Garcia Will Not Underestimate Juanma Lopez

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBO and Ring Magazine featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, who makes the first defense of his title against former champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez of Puerto Rico at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 15, sparred eight rounds on Monday - and according to his brother and trainer Robert Garcia - “[Mikey] will be in great shape for the fight against Juanma.”

The 2012 “Trainer of the Year” told Standard that he considers Lopez “a very dangerous opponent, very difficult and someone who punches hard.”

He emphasized that his younger brother “can’t take this fight lightly.” Garcia said “winning the title was hard, retaining the title and to stay as champion is even harder because he has a responsibility to his people.”

Garcia looked good in sparring with Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar  who has an impressive record of 22 wins, with only one loss and 18 wins coming by way of knockouts and two other young fighters from California who the trainer said were fast and gave Mikey a good workout.

The undefeated Garcia who has a record of 31-0 with 26 knockouts won the world title from tough Mexican Orlando Salido on January 19 in New York. Salido had won the title from Lopez via a knockout and repeated the feat in a rematch.

Garcia dropped Salido four times before winning an eight round technical decision after Salido broke Garcia’s nose with an accidental head-butt that forced the referee to go to the scorecards as Garcia couldn’t continue. Garcia was way ahead on the scorecards of all three judges.

Fights between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans are always barn burners and this is expected to be no exception with Lopez, the southpaw from Puerto Rico battling the younger Mexican, Garcia.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by rogdogx on 05-07-2013

Mikey is the last major fighter out of his brothers stable to not get beat. Robert Garcia is on a losing streak. Mikey has to beat Juanma or his rep as a trainer takes a really big hit.

Comment by xcaret IV on 05-07-2013

that only means juanma is leaving in a stretcher

Comment by ricky1978 on 05-07-2013

[QUOTE=Toltec77;13339814]Good match up, just want to see a good fight, this fight is not going 12 rounds.[/QUOTE] I agree......

Comment by Dr Rumack on 05-07-2013

[QUOTE=Southpawology;13339565][img][/img] Look at the size of juanmas fist[/QUOTE] Yeah they're fcuking massive :lol1: Mikey is the man though. He said on Chris Byrd's show that his plan is to hold titles in two divisions and defend them both. Definitely has…

Comment by Toltec77 on 05-07-2013

Good match up, just want to see a good fight, this fight is not going 12 rounds.

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