Mikey Garcia Talks Lopez-Salido II, Targets The Winner

By Phil D. Jay

Undefeated featherweight Miguel ‘Mikey’ Garcia is said to be just one fight away from a world title shot and has set his sights on fighting the winner of the WBO title rematch between champion Orlando Salido and challenger Juan Manuel Lopez.

The Californian has a standout 27-0 record with 23 wins within schedule and is expected to return in the spring after which, the exciting 24 year-old is eyeing a world title challenge in the summer, possibly against ‘Juanma’ or Salido.

“I think it’s a good rematch,” Garcia told World Boxing News.

“Salido can hurt Lopez like he did in the first fight, but if Lopez plans on out-boxing Salido, his chances of winning are better.

“I would love to fight the winner for the WBO title, although I think that if ‘Juanma’ wins he will move up in weight before facing me.

“The best chance is if Salido wins again - then I’ll be facing him next because he’s not one to duck anybody,” he added.

WBO #3 Garcia may now be required to fight #2 ranked Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (40-0, 24 KO’s) in either an eliminator or an interim title bout to position himself as the number one contender for the title bout in Puerto Rico on March 10.

Champion Salido, 31, went into the first meeting with 28 year-old Lopez as a huge underdog in April and pulled off a shock eighth-round TKO victory in front of a stunned crowd at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon.

The Mexican seems to have no qualms about returning to Lopez’s backyard to give the Caguas-native a chance to win back his title and has proved a seasoned road warrior in the past in winning two world titles.

Phil D. Jay covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .::|ULTIMATE|::. on 01-11-2012

Mikey is a very good fighter he reminds me of a less aggressive but in correct weight robert garcia. I am glad his father is training him and not Robert because his father makes sure he is in shape. On…

Comment by elplayapimp on 01-08-2012

mickey needs to prove himself first before he gets any of them. Fight caballero first heck even de leon,

Comment by Kannabis Kid on 01-08-2012

Mikey used to be the mandatory for Dibs belt back when Salido was still IBF champ lol I wonder if that is still in effect, he beat Lock in Laredo the same night Vazquez became champ to become the mandatory…

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 01-08-2012

I would like to see Miguel against Billy Dibb or Jhonny Gonzalez. Gonzalez has a mandatory against Rojas so that's out of the question for now, but Dibb isn't, since he's chasing a fight against John (a fighter who is…

Comment by onechance87 on 01-08-2012

war mikey:boxing:

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