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“It is easy to understand why Top Rank has hitched its wagon to the smooth operating Garcia. Once the third member of a Top Rank triumvirate featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez, Garcia has long given the impression of being not only the best fighter among the three, but the one whose career is most carefully and concertedly orchestrated. Lopez, whom Garcia splayed in four pathetic rounds last June, fell victim to irreconcilable differences between his competitive fury and the technique and toughness needed to gratify it. And Gamboa, who unlike Lopez has plenty of fight left, becomes less and less compelling with every forgettable performance. He is best remembered for bailing on a fight with Brandon Rios before jumping ship to a fledgling promotional company that places part of its future in the hands of Andre Dirrell.”

Read With Only A Hint: Mikey Garcia W12 Juan Carlos Burgos on The Cruelest Sport.


IBR on The Cruelest Sport


A few of boxing’s unspoken rules will manifest when featherweights Mikey Garcia and Juan Manuel Lopez square off at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Saturday night. One such rule, the soft first defense, dictates a new champion savor the accomplishments of his title winning effort by dispatching an overmatched opponent. Garcia, owner of this fight’s strap, scored his hardware in a January slap-up of diehard Orlando Salido. Lopez has shared the ring with Salido as well, getting knocked silly both times.

Read Form For Fury: Mikey Garcia-Juan Manuel Lopez Preview on The Cruelest Sport.


IBR on The Cruelest Sport


“Perhaps the lights at The Theater in Madison Square Garden should have been killed and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” pumped over the PA system for a moment before it too vanished in the split-second that turns an anxious arena to endless black. Like the conclusion of The Sopranos, the scene that brought an end to the featherweight tilt between Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido left more than a few viewers feeling dissatisfied. But however one feels about the technical decision Garcia was awarded after an accidental headbutt broke his nose near the end of the eighth round, that he dominated the action up to that point is indisputable.”

Read DIMMING LIGHTS: Mikey Garcia TD8 Orlando Salido on The Cruelest Sport.