Saturday June 15, Bloody Elbow presents live fight coverage of Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Manuel Lopez, live on HBO. HBO Boxing After Dark: Garcia vs. Lopez airs this Saturday, June 15 live on HBO with a fight time of 10:45 p.m. ET. Bloody Elbow will have live fight coverage, including results and discussion, right here.
The story of this fight is all about testing Mikey Garcia. The undefeated 25 year old has made a clean move up the ranks since turning pro in 2006, steadily facing, and defeating, harder and harder competition. He comes in tonight off of the biggest win of his career, defeating Orlando Salido in January. He's also the Ring champion in the 126 pound Featherweight division. Yet with all of these wins and accolades, it's tempting to say that Garcia has not really been tested. A highly technical fighter, Garcia has been able to use his skills to outbox everyone he's come across, but he is yet to face a really talented boxer that draws him into a true fight. That may change this weekend.
Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez is a very popular and entertaining fighter - one who has seemingly on the verge of true superstar status not long ago. But just as he was headed for the marquee fights, a pair of losses to Salido sent him crashing back down to Earth. He's 2-0 since his last loss to Salido, and coming off a quick KO win in April. Even if Lopez is not the fighter we once thought he could become, he is still a dangerous opponent who can give Garcia fits. Juanma has the kind of aggression Garcia has not often seen, and if he puts it on display, Garcia may have to dig deep - something we have not really seen from the calm and collected Garcia.
So it's Garcia looking to continue his rise, and Lopez looking to reestablish himself and right the ship. Find out who imposes his will Saturday night.
Opening the HBO card will be Terence Crawford. The undefeated Crawford is coming off a solid win over Breidis Prescott in March. He takes on the challenge of Alejandro Sanabria in a fight where Crawford is the favorite.
Join us here at Bloody Elbow for HBO Boxing After Dark Garcia vs. Lopez results, discussion, and live fight coverage this Saturday June 15.
GARCIA VS. LOPEZ RESULTS:
Mikey Garcia def. Juan Manuel Lopez by KO round 4 1:35
Terence Crawford def. Alejandro Sanabria by KO round 6 0:17