By Mark Vester
Unbeaten WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (26-0, 24KOs) is not exactly happy about facing Rogers Mtagwa (26-12, 18KOs), who he views as an unknown fighter. He says that he tried to find more suitable opponents but was unable to lock them in.
The fight was going to happen in September. Juanma says that won't happen and the fight will move over to a date in October at the Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York.
"This is what happens when the opponents that you want, don't want to fight at 122 pounds. Israel Vázquez went to 126-pounds, Rafael Márquez as well, and it seems that they are going to fight for a fourth time. There is nothing at 122," Juanma told Primera Hora.
As far as a unification bout with Celestino Caballero, Juanma says the fighter does not bring enough money to the table to make the fight worth the sanctioning fees involved.
"In the case of Celestino Caballero, he doesn't have to pay the percentage of my marketshare to each of the three organizations (IBF, WBO and WBO). It's better for me to remain fighting against opponents who are ranked by the WBO," Juanma said.
He plans to rest in July and head back to the gym at some point in August.
"I need to take the month of July off to rest and I will not return to the gym until August, so I will not be ready for September," Juanma told the paper.
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