Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Photos: Juan Manuel Lopez, Vazquez's Trainer - Pre-Fight Promotion

By Miguel Rivera

The pre-fight promotion has begun for the anticipated Puerto Rican grudge match.

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, an exhibition fight between former two-division champion Juan Manuel 'Juanma' Lopez (35-5, 32 KOs) and Albert "El Entrenadorcito" Rivera, trainer of Wilfredo 'Papito' Vazquez Jr., is scheduled for March 31.

The fight was originally announced for March 17. The event will still take place at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.

juanma-albert (5)

The two men came face to face earlier today. They met with third and fifth graders at John F. Kennedy's Toa Baja School.

They wanted to give the local students a message of  "put on the gloves and put down the guns."

"Use gloves, not pistols," said Albert Rivera, "Life is about sacrifices and you are now sacrificing with your parents, grandparents, uncles, friends.. when you go to school every day to study. You are champions of life, you are champions for being here, but this is just the beginning of your lives and you need tools to reach your goals."

juanma-albert (3)

Juanma López told the students: "The best friends you can have are in sports, music, church, healthy activities. Life is about challenges and it is normal to feel a little insecure when you are not achieving what you want to do, but you have to stay focused because the dream is yours.I dreamed to be a world champion just once and I did it twice because I always kept insisting to myself and that is very important, doing everything in the name of God."

juanma-albert (4)

Last October, a media frenzy was created from the aftermath of the wild scene which took place during the post-fight at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

That night, a Puerto Rican grudge match that was years in the making had finally taken place, when Juanma and Vazquez Jr. snapped their respective retirements to fight each other.

juanma-albert (2)

In what was a close fight - in the ring and on the official scorecards - Juanma exploded in the eleventh round by dropping and then stopped Vasquez Jr. for the satisfying win.

Right after the conclusion of that fight, Juanma over to Vazquez's corner and began trading punches with Vazquez's trainer, Rivera. The two men had exchanged several hard punches before they were separated. The videos of the incident went viral and generated millions of views all over the world.

Afterwards, both men were fined and suffered suspensions from the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission.

juanma-albert (1)

There was still some bad blood remaining, because both of them claimed victory in their brief but dramatic post-fight brawl.

Now they will settle their dispute in the ring. Because of their suspensions and Rivera's status as a trainer - the two of them will collide in an "exhibition" match with all of the proceeds going to charity. 

The event will include many other exhibition fights where high profile former world champions, Olympians and many others will face well known artists and celebrities. There will also be live music and other forms of family entertainment.

The show will be called "Wear Gloves, Not Guns."

"Juanma and I decided to give an example to the youth about the mistake we made and we are going to have an exhibition fight for the benefit of the needy What better than taking something negative to bring something positive and make an impact on the communities," Rivera said.

"A lot of children saw my fight with Albert in the Clemente and now we have to tell them and to the others, that we made a mistake and that we will do something about it," explained Juanma.

Tickets are already on sale and are available at fangig.com and gustazos.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BucaRican on 03-13-2017

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;17499958]I found it ironic that we got a big ol' "Educacion Fisica" sign in the back and a dude who doesn't stay in shape between fights is talking to the kids. :lol1: But you have a point as…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 03-13-2017

[QUOTE=BucaRican;17499938]Juanma may not be the best guy to be giving advise to the youth. Message is great and all but kids are not stupid they see his actions on TV and talk to their parents. Juanma is no role model.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by BucaRican on 03-13-2017

Juanma may not be the best guy to be giving advise to the youth. Message is great and all but kids are not stupid they see his actions on TV and talk to their parents. Juanma is no role model.

Comment by millcitymauler on 03-13-2017

This is going down in less than 3 weeks??? Must be contracted somewhere around 154 judging by Juanma's weight...

Comment by OctoberRed on 03-13-2017

I would fly to Puerto Rico for this one.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Canelo's Promoter: Jacobs, Golovkin Have To Get in Line Canelo Needs To Face a Legitimate Threat in Near Future Gilberto Ramirez: I'll Go To 175, I'm Ready To Challenge Gvozdyk News: Raeese Aleem, Abraham Nova, Peres-Daniels Rematch Gilberto Ramirez Retains, Majority Nod Over Jesse Hart Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart II - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gervonta Davis vs. Abner Mares Heads To San Diego, Feb. 9 Fielding: Canelo is a Big Challenge - But One I Look Forward To Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart - LIVE Results From Texas Hearn: If Wilder Doesn't Want Joshua - Nothing We Can Do Samuel Clarkson vs. Ryad Merhy in Charleroi, Belgium David Benavidez Back in Action on Spence vs. Garcia Card De La Hoya: I Built Golden Boy, White Had Fertittas To Build UFC Canelo: I'll Return To 160, But We Can Do Fights Between 160-168 Photos: Katie Taylor, Eva Wahlstrom - On Point For Showdown Photos: Tevin Farmer, Francisco Fonseca - Ready For Title Clash Photos: Canelo, Rocky Fielding - Ready For Battle at MSG Canelo-Fielding Weigh-In Results From Madison Square Garden Bradley Skeete Will Now Headline ESPN+ Card From Brentwood Dehydrated Lemieux Hospitalized, Won't Fight Tureano Johnson Brett Yormark Leads New Advisory Board For Haymon Sports Photos: Manny Pacquiao Raising His Intensity Level in Camp News: Jason Welborn, Zachary Ochoa, Bowen-Clark, Yarde, More De La Hoya: This Fight Can Be Very Dangerous For Canelo Mauricio Herrera Aims To "Mentally" Break Sadam Ali Deontay Wilder: I've Had Seven Surgeries on My Arm Charlo: Sooner or Later, Canelo & GGG Have To Answer To Me! Canelo vs. Fielding Nearly Got Derailed By Passport Mix-Up Genesis Servania Would Love Another Crack at Oscar Valdez UK News: Sunny Edwards, Foley vs. Brown, Joseph Roswell Khan Smiles: I Would Have Stopped Kell Brook in Six Rounds One Fight In, Is Canelo's Contract Already Problem For DAZN? Luther Clay Looking to Step Up in Competition in 2019 Vincent Feigenbutz Out of WBO Eliminator For Ramirez Shot? De La Hoya: I Strongly Believe Canelo Will KO Golovkin in Trilogy Video: Hearn Talks Canelo-Jacobs, Joshua, Wilder, Fury, More Video: Canelo Alvarez Sits Down To Discuss Rocky Fielding Clash Photos: Joseph Parker, Alexander Flores Ready For Battle Charlo, Harrison Support Communities Before Title Clash De La Hoya To White: Let's Get in The Ring on Cinco De Mayo!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement