World featherweight championship boxers to visit Fort Worth on Wednesday for autograph session.

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Fight view Boxing fans will have several opportunities to see Mikey Garcia and Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez during their open workouts and public appearances this week. Here’s a schedule of events open to the public: Tuesday: Workouts AAC, AT&T Plaza (outdoors) 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas 2 p.m., Juanma Lopez 2:30 p.m., Mikey Garcia Wednesday: Autograph session La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth mall, center court 4200 South Freeway, Fort Worth 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday: Final news conference AAC, arena floor, north concourse 1:30 p.m., doors open 2 p.m., news conference begins Friday: Official weigh-in AAC, arena floor, north concourse Noon, Doors open 1:15 p.m., fighters on the scale 1:30 p.m., Garcia and Lopez on the scale Saturday: Fight night AAC, arena floor, north concourse 6 p.m., doors open 6:05 p.m., first fight 9:45 p.m., HBO telecast begins with Terence Crawford vs. Alejandro Sanabria Jr. followed by Garcia vs. Lopez

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It’s fight week in the Metroplex.

Undefeated World Boxing Organization featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 knockouts) of Oxnard, Calif., and former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico, arrive in Dallas on Tuesday to begin their final workouts for Saturday’s world title fight at the American Airlines Center.

Both fighters will have an autograph session in Fort Worth on Wednesday. The autograph session will be held at the center court of La Gran Plaza de Fort WorthmMall at 4200 South Freeway from 5:30-7 p.m.

Bob Arum and former heavyweight champion George Foreman are co-promoting the card.

The semi-main and main events are scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. and will be televised live on Saturday as part of the HBO’s Boxing After Dark telecast. The first fight begins at 6:05 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Terence Crawford faces Alejandro Sanabria Jr. in the semi-main event for the vacant NABO lightweight title.

Remaining tickets cost $25-$200, plus additional service fees, and can be purchased at the AAC box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., online at ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet.

Garcia has fought in Texas four times en route to his 31-0 record. He fought in Laredo and Corpus Christi in 2010, QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie in 2009 and Houston in 2007. He knows he’ll likely be the crowd favorite.

“It will be very nice to have the support of my fans. I have fought in Texas a few times in my career. The people in the Dallas area have always shown a lot of support. It’s going to be real nice having all those fans there,” Garcia said. “I know they will be coming from different regions in Texas to watch a great night of boxing. It will be great to show the fans who we are as fighters.”

For Lopez, it might the first time in his career when his opponent will have the majority backing from the crowd.

“It doesn’t matter to me. I come to fight,” Lopez said. “I do enjoy having the fans behind me but I know in this fight I may not, but that’s not important to me.”

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