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Mikey and Juanma promise excitement

Photo: Robert Hughes
Photo: Robert Hughes

On a conference call with media today, both WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia and former champ Juanma Lopez agree that styles make fights and the fact that Orlando Salido stopped Juanma twice while Mikey dominated Salido doesn’t necessarily add up to a win by Garcia.

Juanma also stated that the version of Salido he fought was better than the version Mikey fought. “After he fought me, in the fights afterwards he had a lot of trouble,” said Lopez. “He got knocked down by Yamaguchi a couple of times and I know Salido wasn’t as fresh when he fought Mikey as when he fought me.”

Garcia said there wasn’t a difference between the Salido he fought and the Salido that Lopez fought. “It’s just that I didn’t let Salido have his fight,” said Mikey. “I never let him into the fight, I knew what I needed to do against him and I think that was the difference. I was able to control the fight.”

Garcia and Lopez collide June 15 at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, in a bout that will be televised on HBO.

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