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Mikey Garcia, left, poses for photos with Juan Manuel Lopez, of Puerto Rico, following a boxing news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Mikey Garcia, left, poses for photos with Juan Manuel Lopez, of Puerto Rico, following a boxing news conference, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Dallas. Garcia is scheduled to attempt to defend his WBO world featherweight title against Lopez on June 15 in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(AP) Former champion Juan Manuel Lopez says his fight next month against WBO featherweight title-holder Mikey Garcia is the most important of his career.


Lopez is facing Garcia at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 15 after losing twice to Orlando Salido in a span of a year. The first loss cost the Puerto Rican fighter the featherweight title Garcia now holds.


Speaking through an interpreter, Lopez said at a news conference Thursday promoting the fight that he wants to "prove I belong at this elite level."


Garcia beat Salido in New York in January to take the title and says he's looking forward to his first defense. Garcia is 31-0 with 26 knockouts.


Lopez's only two professional losses in 35 fights were to Salido. He has 30 knockouts.


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