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Mikey Garcia has found a new opponent for his November 10 HBO date, as he'll take on former super bantamweight titleholder Jonathan Barros of Argentina.
Mikey Garcia will still be in action on November 10, live on HBO, as a deal has been reached with former 122-pound titlist Jonathan Barros of Argentina.
Garcia (29-0, 25 KO) was originally scheduled to face Orlando Salido, who holds the WBO featherweight title. That fight was canceled when Salido broke a finger in training camp, and there's hope it will be rescheduled for early 2013. Barros (34-3-1, 18 KO) has lost two of three, but given the short notice, he's a very acceptable replacement opponent, and he also still represents a solid step up for Garcia, whose opposition has sort of dipped in his last three fights.
Certainly Barros is not Salido, but he's still better than Mauricio Pastrana, Bernabe Concepcion, and Juan Carlos Martinez.
The 28-year-old Barros briefly held the WBA featherweight title in 2010-11, once escaping with a split decision win over Celestino Caballero before losing in a rematch. He's also faced and lost to Yuriorkis Gamboa in 2010, but didn't embarrass himself, and Juan Carlos Salgado in his last fight.
The main event for the show will be the WBC junior middleweight eliminator between Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martirosyan, at the Wynn in Las Vegas.