Juanma-Cordoba in Serious Talks, Nothing Set Says Rivera

By Jhonny Gonzalez

As previously reported, it's looking likely that undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (30-0, 27KOs) will defend his title against former champion Ricardo Cordoba (37-3, 23KOs) on April 16 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Showtime is reportedly more favorable to Lopez facing Cordoba. There were several options presented to the network, including Teon Kennedy (16-0, 7KOs). The network felt Cordoba was the best option because of the exposure he received by facing Guillermo Rigondeaux on the undercard to last November's big fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito in Cowboys Stadium.

Cordoba and Rigondeaux exchanged knockdowns before the ex-champion lost a close split decision. Cordoba also has a win over Juanma's rival, Celestino Caballero.

Juanma's co-promoter, Peter Rivera, of Puerto Rico Best Boxing, says negotiations are taking place but nothing has been set.

"Cordoba has been discussed a lot but nothing is final or binding. Cordoba had a lot of exposure in that fight [with Rigondeaux] and that's why Showtime is interested in his name," Rivera said told Lester Jiminez.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cubanborn87 on 01-11-2011

[QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;9935802]Lopez got this after this a fight with marquez or gamboa[/QUOTE] no gamboa anytime soon papo unfortunately

Comment by chifuli on 01-11-2011

JuanMa vs Cordoba is not a bad matchup but is not what we expect. Rojas, John, Hasegawa should be what he should do. He needs to unify the division and ridd us of fake champs or loose to real champs.…

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 01-10-2011

Lopez got this after this a fight with marquez or gamboa

Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 01-10-2011

[QUOTE=figzuki;9935378]I think you're right man... I don't know of any one who has stepped up to the table to fight him though, he wants to fight Gamboa (later this year) He needs a good match before that though and i…

Comment by figzuki on 01-10-2011

[QUOTE=TOBYLEE1;9935366]Cordoba is a good boxer that hasn't had exposure. If you don't come ready for him he has skills to beat you. I do give credit to Juama for beating the fighters that you mention, but right now any of…

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