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Rivera: Juanma Very Focused To Bounce Back at 126

By Miguel Rivera

Promoter Peter Rivera of Puerto Rico Best Boxing says two division champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez (34-4, 31KOs) is looking for a final run at the featherweight limit of 126-pounds. Juanma had moved up to super featherweight and saw himself get blown out in three rounds last month by prospect Francisco Vargas.

Juanma returns to action on the 11th of September at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas against Argentine Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar for the interim title of the World Boxing Association.

Of course, there are many who want to see Juanma before he gets seriously hurt. He's suffered four devastating knockout defeats since 2011. A loss to Cuellar (24-1, 18KOs) would certainly be the end.

"There are many ways to see what is happening with 'Juanma' right now. He is focused, he is training and he thinks that against Vargas he didn't have the power in his hands at 130 pounds as he would've at 126. He feels it's best to return to featherweight. For him, boxing is still a passion. There are many boxers like Zab Judah, who after suffering a great defeat, they return and have big wins. I think 'Juanma' is focused on going in that same direction," Rivera said to Carlos Narvaez.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 08-25-2014

[QUOTE=Mr.Fantastic;14886790]With a better trainer he can spark 3 out of 4 of those dudes. So far I can only give him Arce.[/QUOTE] Arce and darchiyan

Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 08-25-2014

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;14886758]Juanma vs arce, gamboa, darchiyan, Russell jr War Juanma[/QUOTE] With a better trainer he can spark 3 out of 4 of those dudes. So far I can only give him Arce.

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 08-25-2014

Juanma vs arce, gamboa, darchiyan, Russell jr War Juanma

Comment by Deeznuts on 08-25-2014

His family should have a serious discussion with him. He is on his way to mental illness if he keeps fighting. His head gets banged around every fight like a rag doll.

Comment by Mr.Fantastic on 08-25-2014

I still think Juanma has some gas in the tank, he just needs a better trainer.

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