5 Things: Garcia-Lopez
DALLAS -- Mikey Garcia lost his featherweight belt on Friday but won another fight on Saturday, dominating Juan Manuel Lopez in a fourth-round TKO at American Airlines Center to extend his undefeated record. Here's what we learned from the card:
1. "Yes" to the nose
Mikey Garcia suffered a broken nose in winning a featherweight title over Orlando Salido in January. After surgery, there were some questions about whether Garcia would have problems breathing and if the nose might be more easily broken in his next fight. After walking over Juan Manuel Lopez on Saturday, Garcia said he was breathing fine and the nose didn't get broken. Lopez hit Garcia with a couple of shots, but nothing serious.
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2. Power play
It was interesting to see Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) fight like the bigger man against Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs). Garcia lost his title at the weigh-in because he checked in at two pounds over the mandatory weight limit. Garcia then fought Lopez at 141 pounds, displayed power and speed to dominate the fight and now is thinking of moving up in weight. Lopez said he too plans to move up in weight because he wants to have more power.
3. Home away from home
In the co-feature, Terence Crawford (21-0, 16 KOs) toyed with Alejandro Sanabria (34-2-1, 25 KOs) in a sixth-round TKO victory. Crawford is from Omaha, Neb., and had a big following on hand. There were two chartered buses and 10 to 15 cars of family and friends who made the nearly 11-hour drive from Omaha to Dallas for the fight. It's estimated that Crawford had roughly 300 people in the stands at American Airlines Center rooting for him.
"It felt great to see my friends and my family coming to support me and being here cheering me on for my first title fight," said Crawford, who won a minor lightweight belt.
4. What you didn't see on TV
Two fighters in particular who appeared on the untelevised portion of Saturday's card looked good. Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs), a super welterweight from Armenia who fights out of Glendale, Calif., was impressive in a second-round TKO win over Ryan Davis. And featherweight prospect Oscar Valdez (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a solid second-round TKO victory against Gil Garcia. Valdez, of Mexico, is begging Top Rank to schedule him for more six- and eight-round bouts.
5. A 'W' for Big D
Dallas isn't a fight town of the same caliber as other Texas cities such as Fort Worth, San Antonio and El Paso. But the crowd of 5,605 at the American Airlines Center was lively and produced a live gate of over $250,000. That might bode well for future bouts landing at the AAC. Among the celebrities on hand were former Dallas/Fort Worth boxing champions such as Curtis Cokes, Troy Dorsey and Paulie Ayala. Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls, NBA slam dunk champion Spud Webb and radio personality Tom Joyner were in attendance as well.
If there was one negative in terms of the local perspective, it was that only two fighters from the Dallas/Fort Worth area were included on the card: Angel Sigala opened the show and Tony Lopez closed it in a swing bout.