Posted: Thu May 9, 2013 10:30AM; Updated: Thu May 9, 2013 10:29AM

Mikey Garcia to face Juan Manuel Lopez for WBO title in Dallas

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Mikey Garcia (left) won the WBO featherweight title by defeating Orlando Salido in January.
Mikey Garcia (left) won the WBO featherweight title by defeating Orlando Salido in January.
AP

DALLAS (AP) -- Mikey Garcia will put his WBO world featherweight title on the line June 15 in Dallas against Juan Manuel Lopez.

The bout at American Airlines Center will be the first for Garcia since taking the crown from Orlando Salido on a unanimous decision in New York in January. Garcia is 31-0 with 26 knockouts.

Both of Lopez's professional losses have come to Salido in the past two years. The most recent was in March 2012, and he was suspended for a year by Puerto Rican boxing authorities for accusing the referee who stopped the fight of betting on the match.

Lopez (33-2, 30 knockouts) returned from the ban in February and stopped Aldimar Silva Santos in the ninth round.

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