Juanma Enters Trainer Mode, Seeks a Final Career Fight

By Miguel Rivera

Former two division world champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez starts on the road of being a trainer, when on Saturday night the veteran boxer will start as a coach in the corner of Puerto Rican boxer Reynaldo Blanco, for the bout against Jason "Canito" Sosa at the Ocean Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

"I do not want to get away from boxing because that's what I love. They are giving me this opportunity and I do not want to debut [as a trainer] with a defeat," shared Lopez to Carlos Gonzalez.

The former 122 and 126-pound champion hopes that this will be the first step towards a fruitful coaching career.


Lopez joined Blanco's entourage (14-4, 8 KO) at the request of William Cruz, the boxer's head coach. After a brief analysis, Lopez accepted.

"Alex Caraballo had told me that I would be a better coach than a boxer. It is not a secret that I am working with several people privately in their homes as a personal trainer, but it is something that I love. I am very grateful for the opportunity they are giving me," confessed López, who joined their team in the last three weeks of the training camp.

"The union with William can be long-term. He is interested, in fact, that eventually I'll be the person in charge of the corner of Blanco, but we'll see. I think I can continue to develop the boys as they should be, by sharing a bit of my knowledge."

On the fight against Sosa, Lopez acknowledged that it will be a tough test for Blanco.

"It's a strong fight for Blanco. The important thing is to keep the distance and use the jab to neutralize Jason who likes to stay on top of his opponents. I see many possibilities for Blanco because we do not bring him to lose and he will give a surprise," Lopez stressed.

Lopez, on the other hand, confirmed that his plans are to hang up the gloves once he makes one last fight in October.

"I was going to fight on August 24, but for different reasons it did not happen. What I can say at this moment is that it will be the last [fight I do]. Now, everyone knows that for years I've wanted to fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa and if a good offer comes up to do it, then of course I would accept it. In fact, there was talk in Miami, but the agreements was not reached due to money," said López.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BestPR on 08-18-2018

...I never was a Juanma fan, and always cheered for his opponents, but he did win two world titles...he just didn't have the right people around him to help him make the right choices..

Comment by Tatabanya on 08-18-2018

[QUOTE=BestPR;19029580]...thanks to Top Rank (Uncle Bob)..I mean, much respect because he is a former two-division world champion, something I, or you will never be, and he'd still kick both our asses anytime, but can only wish him the best as…

Comment by BestPR on 08-18-2018

[QUOTE=G G G;19028533]I love Juanma but lol... I mean him as a trainer...... I mean.. XDD[/QUOTE] ...I understand, but just think, there's too many trainers out there that never had the balls to lace up a pair of gloves or…

Comment by BestPR on 08-18-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;19029239]JuanMa has been way overrated for his whole career.[/QUOTE] ...thanks to Top Rank (Uncle Bob)..I mean, much respect because he is a former two-division world champion, something I, or you will never be, and he'd still kick both our asses…

Comment by BestPR on 08-18-2018

[QUOTE=Boxfan83;19028272]Juanma vs the loser of Velez vs Cruz.[/QUOTE] bro. Juanma should've walked away long more fight? Just that one more fight could severely cripple him, maybe even get him more!

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