By Richard Cloutier


On December 4, Olivier Lontchi (18-1-2) will return to the ring. Mr. Camille Estephan of the firm, Eye of the Tiger Management, has confirmed to Lontchi will face Miguel "Mikey" Garcia (23-0) in a battle set for 10 rounds at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Lontchi comes in to replace Francisco Leal, originally slated to face Garcia. The fight will be part of Top Rank's pay-per-view, headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez in the main event.

"Oliver will face a prospect of worth," said Camille Estephan. "Obviously we would have preferred him to have a comeback fight, as we planned to do on November 11 at the Corona Theatre. But Oliver is a brave young man with great heart. He wanted this fight and he'll be ready. "

Olivier Lontchi has not boxed since June 27, 2009, when he was defeated by Juan Manuel Lopez at Atlantic City in a super bantamweight world title fight. For his part, Garcia returns from an August IBF title elimination victory.