Boxing: Garcia earns TKO, but misses chance to win title
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 125Â½.
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.
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