Juanma Wants One More Tuneup Before a Big Fight

By Ryan Burton

Former 2-division champion Juan Manuel Lopez (32-2, 29KOs) returned to the ring on February 2nd after an 11 month layoff and knocked out Aldimar Silva Santos in the 9th round of their super featherweight contest. On a recent edition of The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene's official audio show, Juanma told us that he was satisfied with his performance and glad that he was able to get 9 rounds in.

"I was in great shape. My corner was giving me instructions round by round and we were looking for the knockout and thankfully we got in the 9th round.

"It (The 9 rounds) was something that I needed. Even one more fight like this would be good for me to get ready. If a big fight is in the works for my next fight we will be ready to go but one more like this would probably be the best," Lopez explained.

Lopez said that he felt good fighting at the 128 pound limit that was set for the fight and that is should be easier for him to make weight in his next fight since he won't be dealing with such a long layoff again.

"We went a long time without a fight and we had to lose a lot of weight to get down to 128 so it should be better in the next fight," Lopez stated.

The Puerto Rican fighter made it clear that his days fighting in the featherweight division are long gone and that the move up in weight is a permanent move. He did however say that for the right fights he is willing to fight again at a 128 pound catchweight but that is the absolute lowest weight that he can fight at.

"I am going to fight at 130 and I am ready for the big names there but if the guys at featherweight like Mikey Garcia and Nonito Donaire want to fight we can fight at 128. I can't make it down to 126 anymore.  128 is as low as I can go," Lopez told us on The Boxing Lab.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking here:

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ringlife on 02-15-2013

No more tune up fights. Just better training camps and a new trainer is needed in his corner. To show him how to box and win rounds plus defense.

Comment by BoriBlaze1 on 02-15-2013

That's Juama's problem! He was looking for the Knock Out! That's why his ass got knocked out two times. And I am a Juama Fan. That's where he goes wrong, when he looks for the knock out. Instead of just…

Comment by Hougigo on 02-15-2013

[QUOTE=El [email protected]@PR;13039620]Juanma should definetly take another tune up fight, then a title fight or a [B]rematch[/B] with Salido or a fight with Caballero or somebody to that extent![/QUOTE] You mean re-rematch?

Comment by [email protected] on 02-15-2013

Juanma should definetly take another tune up fight, then a title fight or a rematch with Salido or a fight with Caballero or somebody to that extent!

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 02-15-2013

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;13038273]Lopez should take a tune up in April then a big fight in June he's finally being humble and taking stuff more seriously the suspension has helped him mature[/QUOTE] F u c k off man, you turned your back on…

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