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 Last update:  3/13/2012       Read more by Jhonny Gonzalez         
   
Arum: Juanma Could Be Matched With Dib or Vazquez
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By Jhonny Gonzalez

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is confident former two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (31-2, 28KOs) has a lot left in the gas tank. Last Saturday night in San Juan, WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido stopped Lopez in the tenth round of action. It was the second TKO loss for Lopez in his last three fights. Arum could see Lopez matched up with likes of IBF champion Billy Dib (34-1, 21KOs) or a big all-Puerto Rico battle with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18KOs).

Arum would like Lopez to have two to three fights to build himself up and then place him in a big fight.

"From what I saw in the fight, it is clear that Lopez is not finished as a boxer. We are very confident that Lopez will return to the position that he once occupied. He is still very popular in Puerto Rico and an attraction. One possibility is that Lopez would challenge Billy Dibb. I would have to communicate with their representatives for availability, but it's definitely something to be considered. [Juanma vs. Vazquez] would be a big fight. As a promoter, I can't dismiss the idea because it would be an event where people would go crazy [in Puerto Rico]," Arum told Carlos Gonzalez.

Tags: Juan Manuel Lopez , Billy Dib



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comment by BMWM3P, on 03-14-2012
[QUOTE=Mr. Fantastic]Arum is going to do to Lopez what he did with Cotto. Give him a weak champion and then fight a washed up guy who talks a lot of smack.[/QUOTE] LOL, still butthurt about Cheato.

comment by BMWM3P, on 03-14-2012
[QUOTE=Cuauhtémoc1502]It's not easy to develop a new style, very few boxers in the history of the sport have been able to pull it off this late in a career. I think Salido is just a bad match up against Juanma, he comes forward, is great at inside fighting and takes a great shot. Juanma wil...

comment by Hallaqsillaq, on 03-14-2012
[QUOTE=Corelone]The WBC is working this same formula in Mexico, but Mexican fans are more suspicious of the mis-matchmaking and paper titles. Juanma took the PR fans for a ride (actually it was his promoters), but now I'm seeing more of the same suspicions from PR. These guys carry other people's...

comment by ecko16, on 03-14-2012
Juanma vs Wilfredo Vasquez jr will be awesome!

comment by Mr. Fantastic, on 03-14-2012
Arum is going to do to Lopez what he did with Cotto. Give him a weak champion and then fight a washed up guy who talks a lot of smack.

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