By Mark Vester

WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez is considering a jump to the featherweight division. Lopez returns on June 27 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, defending his title against Olivier Lontchi in the main event slot of the Latin Fury 9 pay-per-view.

Lopez is not considering a jump because of weight. He wants to land the big fights and his prospects are starting to run a bit thin at 122. The three biggest fights for him at at 122, Celestino Caballero, Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez, are going to be at featherweight in the near future.  

"I've never had problems making the weight. I will eventually go up to 126 pounds, not because of the weight, but because I'm looking to make the best deals possible for business purposes," Lopez told Primera Hora.

After the bout with Lontchi, Lopez plans to sit down with Top Rank and go over his possible options at super bantamweight and featherweight, and then make a decision if he plans to stick at 122 for a few more fights or make the leap to 126.

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