Garcia stops Lopez in 4th round
Mikey Garcia stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round on Saturday night, leaving the WBO featherweight title vacant after Garcia failed to make weight.
Garcia (32-0) weighed in at 128 pounds on Friday, two over the featherweight limit. Lopez weighed in at 1251/2.
Lopez (33-3) would have regained the title with a win.
Garcia put Lopez on the ground with a strong left-handed blow 1:34 into the fourth round for his 27th career knockout.
Garcia won the title from Orlando Salido on a unanimous decision in New York on Jan. 19. The title reign, however, was short-lived after Garcia didn’t make weight.
The only two losses of Lopez’s career were to Salido. The first one cost him the WBO belt, and the second led to a one-year suspension by Puerto Rican boxing officials when he accused the referee who stopped the fight of betting on the match.
Lopez had won twice since his one-year ban ended, beating Aldimar Silva Santos in February and knocking out Eugenio Lopez in an undercard bout in Mexico City in April.
With a majority of fans chanting his name early, the 25-year-old Garcia came out and landed a series of jabs in the first round.
In the second round, Garcia knocked Lopez down with a right cross in the second round. Lopez quickly rose to his feet and completed out the round. Garcia finished off the 29-year-old Lopez two rounds later.
Lopez appeared wobbly early in the fourth after Garcia landed a combination of punches.
Garcia finished him off with a powerful left cross. Lopez slowly got up and referee Rafael Ramos quickly called the match.
On the undercard, Terence Crawford (21-0) won the vacant NABO lightweight title, stopping Alejandro Sanabria (34-2-1) in the sixth round. Crawford dropped Sanabria with a left hook 17 seconds into the round.
Sanabria got up, but the referee called the fight to give Crawford his 16th knockout victory.