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Juanma is Open To Russell, Still Wants Gamboa Clash

By Ryan Burton

Juan Manuel Lopez appeared on a recent edition of BoxingScene's official audio show, The Boxing Lab to discuss potential opponents for his planned January return. The former two-division champion has been suspended since March and has seen potential fights against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Diego Magdaleno fall apart for different reasons.  Lopez told us that the time way from the ring will help him come back stronger.

"I had been going strong for years in my career. I think the rest will do me good. I am ready to come back stronger," Lopez explained.

In a recent interview with BoxingScene's Luis Sandoval, featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr. said that he would love to face Lopez in the future. Lopez said that he would have no problem facing Russell Jr. as long as the Al Haymon advised fighter was willing to move up in weight for the fight.  

"I would be willing to fight him but Gary would have to move to move up to 130. I saw him fight once and he mentioned after that fight that he wanted to fight me," stated Lopez who said that he is interested in facing any of the top contenders.   "I am willing to fight anyone.  They just need to get with my manager and my promoter and make it happen."

JuanMa was building towards a highly anticipated showdown against Cuban rival Yuriorkis Gamboa before he suffered his first loss against Orlando Salido. Lopez said that he is still interested in facing his Gamboa. 

"I am still very interested in facing Gamboa. It is a very important fight like Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather. It is a fight that needs to happen.  We both need the fight. Hopefully it can happen at 130 or 135. When it will happen I don't know but I want it to happen before my career is over," Lopez told The Boxing Lab.
 
You can listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking here: http://tobtr.com/s/3921295

Send questions or comments to [email protected] Follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter and tune in to The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene's official audio on Tuesdays. The show is hosted by Ernie Gabion, Luis Sandoval and Ryan Burton.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Deeznuts on 12-03-2012

I think Juanma is broken, his defense will never get better and that will stop him from beating any top fighter

Comment by MiguelDirrell25 on 12-03-2012

[QUOTE=MVOLT;12766969]your assumptions are just that assumptions lopez can still beat gamboa and certainly untested russel[/QUOTE] Lopez has shown nothing that leaves me to believe he can beat top level opposition. Yeah he has heart but doesn't do anything special in…

Comment by mathed on 12-03-2012

Russell smacks Juanma around like a rag doll.

Comment by MVOLT on 12-03-2012

[QUOTE=MiguelDirrell25;12766929]Wasn't taking nothing away from salido he's a tough rugged guy with heavy hands,with that being said Gamboa beat him and russel jr will also beat salido, and J[COLOR="Red"]uan ma gets/got tko'd by all three men[/COLOR]. Does that make sense…

Comment by damit305 on 12-03-2012

Juanma should challenge someone on his level. How bout an Mtagwa rematch?

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