by Ronnie Nathanielsz
Trainer Robert Garcia, the former world champion says younger brother and reigning WBO world featherweight champion Miguel “Mikey” Garcia is ready for war against former champion Juan Manuel “Juanma Lopez” of Puerto Rico in their June 15 battle in Dallas, Texas.
Garcia told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard - “I cant promise you it will be a war because Mikey doesn’t fight wars. He fights a smart, technical fight. But if he (Juanma) wants a war we’ll be ready like we were ready for (Orlando) Salido” from whom Garcia won the title.
The trainer said - “if it turns out into a war we’ll be ready fore what Juanma brings but I think it will be a very technical fight by Mikey.” Garcia told us he expects Juanma to try and push Mikey around but indicated they are prepared for that just like they were prepared for a similar strategy by Salido.
Garcia pointed out that Mikey “fought very smart and controlled the fight and it was very easy. We are prepared to do the same against Juanma."
However, Garcia conceded that Juanma Lopez “is a left hander with tremendopus power so we have to be careful and fight smart, but we expect Mikey to win.”
He said Mikey has been doing “really good work in sparring with two main guys and three others.” One of his sparring partners is from Argentina while the other is 2012 US Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. who was the US National featherweight champion at the US Olympic training center in Colorado.