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Juanma: Ponce Rematch is Most Important of My Career

By Miguel Rivera

They first met five and a half years ago, and Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez stopped Daniel Ponce De Leon in the first round to capture the WBO super bantamweight title. On March 15th in Bayamon, Puerto Rico - Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) and Ponce De Leon (45-5, 35 KOs) will collide for a second time at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum. When Juanma defeated Ponce, it created a new rising star. If he loses next month, even he admits his career could be over. Showtime will televise the contest.

"This is the biggest fight of my career, even more so than [the fights with] Rafael Marquez or Mikey [Garcia]. I need to win this fight for my career. I've always said that [my win over him] was not luck. But honestly I do not think something like that will happen again. This time I have to be quick. The loser of this fight will have to seriously think about what he wants to do with the rest of his life," said Juanma to Jose Sanchez.

Juanma will not have Pedro Diaz in his corner. He will instead be training under Freddy Trinidad and Orlando Pinero. José 'Kiko' Lorenzo has been hired to handle his diet and Carlos Rivera Agosto will assist with strength and conditioning.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BaDaBiNgVIP on 02-03-2014

[QUOTE=Spray_resistant;14197797]I have Ponce stopping him easily JuanMa is down to empty in almost every attribute a fighter needs, no punch resistance, balance, speed, his activity is dropped to nothing during rounds, technique is sloppy........he still has a bit of power…

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 02-02-2014

Hopefully Juanma wins this but doubt it

Comment by racostaa on 02-02-2014

If he is willing and by any chance he has the opportunity is fair that he do it. Everybody can have several problems and you never know.

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 02-02-2014

People still give a **** about this guy?

Comment by Cubanborn87 on 02-02-2014

i think we are going to see a very different outcome this time around

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