Unbeaten RING and WBO featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia will face southpaw former titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez on June 15 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum officially announced on Monday.
Arum and former heavyweight champion George Foreman will play host to a press conference on Thusday at 1 p.m. Central Time at the arena to begin promoting Garcia (31-0, 26 knockouts) against Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs).
Garcia is coming off January’s eight-round technical unanimous decision over Orlando Salido, who has knockout wins over Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) from April of 2011 and March of 2012.
Lopez sandwiched a second-round knockout of Mike Oliver in October of 2011 between the losses to Salido, and has won his past two fights by ninth- and second-round knockout.
On the undercard, Arum also said he has lightweight/junior welterweight prospect Terence Crawford (20-0, 15 KOs) against Alejandro Sanabria (27-15-1, 15 KOs). Crawford is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Breidis Prescott in March.
“I think that it will be a good show with the two principle fights. Garcia and Lopez should be bang-bang, definitely a knockout, one way or the other,” said Arum. “Terrence Crawford and Sanabria is a really tough, tough fight.”
Arum has had success promoting in Texas with such bouts as Manny Pacquiao’s unanimous decisions over Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito at The Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium in March and Novemver of 2010, respectively.
More recently, Arum has taken Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to the Alamodome in San Antonio for a unanimous decision over John Duddy in June of 2010, to Houston’s Reliant Arena for a fifth-round stoppage of Peter Manfredo Jr. in November of 2011, the Alamodome again for a unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Rubio in February of last year, and the Sun Bowl in El Paso for a seventh-round knockout of Andy Lee in June of last year.
“Dallas is a great town for boxing, and we’ve had great experience in the Dallas area with [Cowboys owner] Jerry Jones and The Cowboys’ Stadium,” said Arum.
“The Dallas Mavericks’ owner, Mark Cuban, is going to be very involved in the promotion. The Foremans, George and his sons, will be very involved. I think that we will do very, very well.”
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