Juanma: Experience Advantage Will Lead Me To Victory

By Ryan Burton

Former two-division champion Juan Manuel Lopez resurrected his career with a 2nd round stoppage of Daniel Ponce De Leon in March.  Lopez hit the deck early in the second round but was able to rebound and catch and finish off his opponent moments later.

The 31-year-old Puerto Rican moved up to the super featherweight division for the fight and said that he feels a lot better at the higher weight.

"I feel a lot better at 130 pounds.  I don't have any problems making this weight.  I feel a lot stronger," Lopez told

His opponent on Saturday night is Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (19-0-1) who looks to make the transition from prospect to contender with a victory.  Lopez though has other plans and feels that his level of opposition as a professional will lead him to victory over the former Mexican Olympian.

"He is a good fighter.  He is an Olympian but I feel that my experience as a professional will be the difference in the fight," Lopez confidently stated.

In the main event Canelo Alvarez faces Erislandy Lara in a fight that many feel outside of his fight against Floyd Mayweather, will be the toughest of Canelo's career.  Juanma feels that the key for Lara is to get through the first four rounds. Overall Lopez feels that the fight is close to a 50-50 proposition.

"Lara is a very smart fighter.  If he gets past the first four rounds then he has a good chance to win.  Canelo is very strong so I think that if Lara gets through the beginning of the fight he has a good chance," said Lopez.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by cabalas on 07-11-2014

It is true. Lopez has 37 fights and he has hold titles in 2 divisions and of course has faced better opponents. Vargas has only 20 fights (almost half of Lopez) and his % of KO is much lower than…

Comment by Corelone on 07-11-2014

Juanma is no longer a favorite I see. Idol worshipers! This is the type of fight Juanma can win, he's done it before. Vargas is the one that has to up his game. Lopez has KOd guys better than anybody…

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 07-10-2014

Juanma got this his power will help him keep his opponent stepping backwards

Comment by Realboxingfan1 on 07-10-2014

No chin ,he's shot salido fked his career.

Comment by PETUFF on 07-10-2014

Juanma is very slow guy!!he need somo speed in those hands!!:boxing::boxing:

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