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Old 08-19-2009, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fringe P4P Fighter - Juan Manuel Lopez

Juan Manuel Lopez aka "JuanMa" is climbing the ranks as fast or faster than any other fighter in boxing. He is big, strong, fast, has a solid chin (however relatively untested) and has serious KO power.

Making a Splash

Lopez turned pro in 2005. His first pro fight, an early KO, continuous to be the theme when JuanMa fights. He would win his first nine fights by knockout. After his first year as a professional he compiled a record of 8–0 with eight knockouts. This eye popping record earned him the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission's recognition for rookie and prospect of the year.

Lopez-Ponce De Leon

In June 2008, at 21-0, Lopez was given the opportunity to fight for his first world championship; the WBO Super Bantamweight title. Lopez didn't break a sweat. Lopez crushed Ponce De Leon, winning by technical knockout in the first round, when the referee stopped the fight after JuanMa put Ponce De Leon down twice in the 1st round.

Defending His Title

Two more title defenses and two more 1st round KO's against Cesar Figueroa and Sergio Medina had people already wondering if anyone could compete. Lopez took a step up in competition when he faced hardened veteran Gerry Penalosa who came in with an impressive 54-6 record and with the moniker that he had never even been hurt let alone knocked down or stopped. JuanMa battered Penalosa for 10 rounds, landing record #s of power shots against a game Penalosa who never gave up. Eventually trainer Freddie Roach stopped the fight to prevent lasting damage to the brave Penalosa. In his most recent defense Lopez was able to stop unbeaten (18-0) Olivier Lonchti inside of 10 rounds.

P4P Future

Juan Manuel Lopez is currently 26-0 with 24 KOs. He is tentatively scheuled to fight at MSG on 10/10 against unheralded Rogers Mtagwa (26-12). Here in lies the reason that JuanMa has not yet reach P4P status in my eyes. His resume does not warrant it. He is still young (26) but until he raises his level of opposition, we will never know how good he truly is (see Victor Ortiz). There has been much talk about a potential fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and the WBA/IBF title holder Celestino Caballero (31-2), currently the #2 ranked super bantamweight behind Lopez. Caballero has called out Lopez many times recently and Lopez has not been quick to respond. If Lopez does decide to step up to the challenge and wins? He instantly become a P4P top 10 fighter. No question.

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Old 08-19-2009, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very talented fighter. Has super star skills. But I don't see the desire or heart to be one yet. His excuses for not fighting Caballero are pathetic and only reinforce my suspicions about him. His caliber of opposition has shockingly gotten worse. His groupie following constanly overrate him. He has done nothing to deserve his high placement on some lists
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Very talented fighter. Has super star skills. But I don't see the desire or heart to be one yet. His excuses for not fighting Caballero are pathetic and only reinforce my suspicions about him. His caliber of opposition has shockingly gotten worse. His groupie following constanly overrate him. He has done nothing to deserve his high placement on some lists
If the fight does go down, you picking Caballero then? I like JuanMa to win by late round TKO.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As previously reported, undefeated WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez extended his contract with Top Rank. The fight revealed the details of the new pact. The deal will run until at least 2012 and guarantees him two fights per year. During 2009, Top Rank also resigned WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and WBO/WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik.

"I now feel relaxed that I can provide my family with economic security for the next three years. Top Rank has been with me since the start of my career and I don't have complaints. I am pleased with what we agreed upon," Lopez told Primera Hora.

Lopez said that a press conference is scheduled for August 27 in New York to announce his October 10 title defense against Rogers Mtagwa. The fight will headline Top Rank's next pay-per-view from the Theater in Madison Square Garden.
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After Juanma destroys Mtagwa he will fight Caballero i just know it and then Juanma will be tested but i know Juanma will win and he might end that fight with a body shot people say we overrate Juanma but who has Caballero fought all he has is to belts but against who??? i ask this cause i dont know his resume.
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After Juanma destroys Mtagwa he will fight Caballero i just know it and then Juanma will be tested but i know Juanma will win and he might end that fight with a body shot people say we overrate Juanma but who has Caballero fought all he has is to belts but against who??? i ask this cause i dont know his resume.
Nobody great. That's why it's a joke that Caballero has been in Ring's P4P top 10.
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and thats why i say that why to some people Juanma is overrated and Caballero is great
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