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Boxing: Garcia earns TKO, but misses chance to win title

Published June 15, 2013 10:46 pm

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Dallas • Mikey Garcia stopped Juan Manuel Lopez in the fourth round Saturday night, leaving the WBO featherweight title vacant after Garcia failed to make weight.

Garcia (32-0) weighed in at 128 pounds Friday, two over the featherweight limit. Lopez weighed in at 125½.

Lopez (33-3) would have regained the title with a win.

Garcia put Lopez on the ground with a strong left-handed blow 1:34 into the fourth round for his 27th career knockout.

Garcia won the title from Orlando Salido on a unanimous decision in New York on Jan. 19. The title reign, however, was short-lived after Garcia didn't make weight.

Garcia knocked Lopez down with a right cross in the second round.

Lopez appeared wobbly early in the fourth after Garcia landed a combination of punches.

Garcia finished him off with a powerful left cross. Lopez slowly got up and referee Rafael Ramos quickly called the match.