When: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - HBO
Where: Dallas, American Airlines Center
Weight division: Featherweight (126 lbs)
Why: WBO Title
Featherweight titlist Miguel Angel Garcia will make the first defense of his belt against former titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez in a 12 round battle on June 15th at American Airlines Center in Dallas, that will be Live on HBO.
Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs), 25, of Oxnard, Calif., is riding high off of his decisive win over Salido and is looking to keep his undefeated record in tact along with his title strapped around his waist.
He won his world title in dominant fashion on Jan. 19 in New York, dropping Orlando Salido who owns two knockout wins against Lopez four times in an eighth-round technical decision win. The fight was cut short when Salido broke Garcia's nose with an accidental head butt and he was unable to continue, but was way ahead on the scorecards.
Mean while, Lopez (33-2, 30 KO’s), is on the comeback trail after winning his last two fights by TKO and KO, respectively.
Lopez at 29 years, was once considered one of boxing's best fighters before his upset knockout losses to Salido. Lopez made five junior featherweight title defenses before moving up to featherweight in 2010 and immediately winning a world title with a seventh-round knockout of Steven Luevano.
After two defenses, Lopez was knocked out by Salido in the eighth round of a 2011 slugfest in Puerto Rico.
Lopez rebounded with a win in a tuneup fight but then was stopped in the 10th round of a March 2012 rematch with Salido, also in Puerto Rico, in another barn burner.
Immediately after the second fight, when Lopez was still concussed, he accused referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. of stopping the fight because he had wagered on the outcome, which drew a $10,000 fine and a year suspension from the Puerto Rico boxing commission.
The commission lifted the suspension a little early, and Lopez returned in February and has won two fights in a row at 128 pounds against low-level opponents. He knocked out Aldimar Silva Santos in the ninth round in Puerto Rico on Feb. 23 and knocked out Eugenio Lopez in Mexico City on April 20.
Opening Boxing Lines at Bookmaker Sportsbook - Miguel Angel Garcia ( -950 ) Vs. Juan Manuel Lopez
( +650 ).
The current WBO Featherweight Boxing line has Garcia as the boxing favorite at -950, meaning you have to risk $950 to win a $100. Lopez is this fights underdog, that has value at +650, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $650. Current odds.
Total Rounds Betting
The opening line on Miguel Angel Garcia vs Juan Manuel Lopez Over/Under at 10.5 Rounds with the Over at -240 Odds at Bookmaker.eu.
The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds. The current total rounds betting line has the Over 10.5 Rounds ( -270 ). Meaning that if you think the fight is going to go to at least 10.5 rounds for you to win your bet. You will need to bet $270 to win $100. The Under 10.5 Rounds ( +220 ), meaning you need to risk $100 to win $220.
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