Mikey Garcia stops Juan Manuel Lopez in 4th round
by Michael Rosenthal, RINGTV
A fourth-round knockout over this version of Juan Manuel Lopez is not a monumental accomplishment, particularly because Garcia came in two pounds overweight for their featherweight fight on Saturday night in Dallas. Lopez is good but not what we believed he once was. At the same time, THE RING champion clearly demonstrated once again that he is a special talent. His combination of superb boxing ability and sharp-shooting power might be unrivaled in the sport, although Adrien Broner seems to have similar qualities. Garcia (32-0, 27 knockouts) picked Lopez apart from the opening bell, consistently firing laser-like left jabs to set up hard, debilitating power punches whenever he saw openings. The result was a cold, clinical demolition that left Lopez a badly beaten man and enhanced the winner’s reputation as a wrecking machine. Garcia is still young, only 25. His best probably lies ahead of him. That can’t be a comforting notion for other elite fighters in and around the featherweight division.