Mikey Garcia 2 lbs. overweight; Juanma makes weight

By Dan Ambrose: WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KO’s) came in 2 whole pounds over the 126 lb. weight limit during today’s weigh-in for his first title defense against Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KO’s) on Saturday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Mikey weighed in at 128 at the weigh-in, but he reportedly has two pounds to lose make weight for the fight. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports is saying that Mikey won’t be trying to take off the two pounds for some reason.

I guess there’s some worry there that he might be too weak after he takes of the weight and maybe he’s content to just focus on getting the win. If that’s the case then Garcia will lose his WBO featherweight title. Juanma, who easily made the weight at 125.25 lbs. today, will still have a chance to capture the belt if he wins.

I had a feeling that Mikey might have a hard time making weight when I saw his last fight against Orlando Salido last January. Mikey looked really big for the weight class, and I couldn’t believe he was able to make the featherweight limit because he looked light a light welterweight [140] in that fight.

It could be that Mikey’s days of fighting as a featherweight are about over. At 25, it might be time for Mikey to move up to super featherweight (130) or better yet lightweight (135). Mikey may not have the advantages that he has in fighting smaller featherweights but at least he won’t have to struggle to make the weight.

Here are the other weights on the card:

Mikey Garcia 128 – Juan Manuel Lopez 125.25
Terence Crawford 134.5 – Alejandro Sanabria 134.5
Vanes Martirosyan 154.75 – Ryan Davis 157.5
Mikael Zewski 147.75 – Damian Frias 147.5
Matt Korobov 161.25 – Ossie Duran 160.5
John Karl Sosa 142.5 – Alexis Pena 141.25
Oscar Valdez 127.5 – Gil Garcia 128
Kurtiss Colvin 158.5 – Angel Sigala 159
Juan Antonio Lopez 119.25 – Jonathan Hernandez 121.75


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