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Juanma Sparred 165 Rounds, Plans Big Run at 130

By Rey Colon

Juan Manuel Lopez is ready for action later tonight at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, against Brazilian Adilmar Silva Santos. The former two division world champion is planning to have a huge run at 130-pounds. Juanma indicates that he went through 165 rounds of sparring so he expects his body to respond well at 130 pounds with the same effectiveness that he had at 122 and 126.

"I'll be [fighting at] 130 pounds. I already talked to [manager] Orlando Pinero and after we pass the fight [tonight], we will sit with my promoter in the coming days but it is a reality - I will stay at 130 pounds. I will not make 126.  I hope my body responds well but we'll see when the bell rings. I did 165 rounds of sparring, the first time I have done so much, and we hope that everything goes well. I am strong and well fed, " Juanma said.

This will be Juanma's first fight in 11 months. He was last seen in the ring getting knocked out by Mexico's Orlando Salido.

"I'm quite calm for this return. I feel more mature. I have no problems but of course I am a little anxious about how the audience will react but I'm fine. Regarding my opponent, I have only seen a couple of rounds of his fight with Jesse Magdaleno," Juanma said.

The former champ wants a title shot in the very near feature, but once again made it clear that he doesn't have any interest in facing his close friend and countryman, WBO super featherweight king Roman "Rocky" Martinez.

"I do not want to fight with Rocky Martinez. He's like my brother. Rocky may rise to 135.  And there are other big names at 130 pounds. [My team] has spoken to me about many different fights. If a world championship shot comes after this fight, we'll do it. With me there are no problems," he said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IronDanHamza on 02-02-2013

Juanma Lopez is a knockout waiting to happen in every fight he's in. No defense, not great chin and not great stamina either. But he's an exciting fighter. One of the most exciting in Boxing IMO.

Comment by Toltec77 on 02-02-2013

[QUOTE=SnakeVen0m;12985152]Man, I know he's anxious to get in the ring, I hope he didn't leave it all in the gym. If he's serious about boxing again, we should see some better defense and more boxing than brawling from him tonight.…

Comment by BattleAxePurist on 02-02-2013

He's lucky 130 is a weak division Uchi is the class ,Yuri won't be around long so once Magdaleno lifts that belt from Martinez that would be a solid battle

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 02-02-2013

165 rounds is a lot but I think he did it thru his entire suspension

Comment by Light_Speed on 02-02-2013

More than 140-150 rounds is overkill. Especially for a fighter who got knocked out twice in his last three fights.

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