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Lopez-Vargas added to Canelo-Lara undercard

Juan Manuel Lopez looking to earn a title shot on July 12.

Juan Manuel Lopez looking to earn a title shot on July 12.

As the promotional tour for Canelo vs Lara is set to get underway, another fight was announced for the July 12 card at the MGM Grand.

In a battle of Mexico vs Puerto Rico, Francisco Vargas will take on Juan Manuel Lopez in a 130-lb title eliminator bout.

Although he’s only 30 years old, Lopez (34-3, 31 KO) has looked shopworn, getting knocked out twice in his last five fights against Mikey Garcia and Orlando Salido. He did bounce back from the Garcia knockout with a KO of his own against Daniel Ponce De Leon in a crazy fight that featured both men knocking each other down in the second round.FranciscoVargas

Vargas (19-0-1, 13 KO) is fighting on a Canelo undercard for the second-straight time. On the Canelo-Angulo card, he earned a unanimous decison victory over Abner Cotto. Vargas also had a shutout unanimous decison victory over Jerry Belmontes in December of 2013.

Lopez and Vargas will both head to Puerto Rico to participate in the finale of the four-city press tour for Canelo-Lara. The winner of this bout will become the mandatory challenger to Mikey Garcia’s WBO super featherweight championship.

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