By Miguel Rivera
Fireworks are expected next weekend when Puerto Rican rivals Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez and Wilfredo "Papito" Vazquez Jr. collide in a battle of former world champions on October 29 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan.
The former bantamweight champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Vazquez Jr. (24-6-1, 19 KOs), is predicting - "I'll knock [Lopez] out in the ninth round."
The two fighters have traded insults for several years through interviews and social media. For one reason or another, the fight never came together. According to Ramon Figueroa, Vazquez says he accepted "the worst deal of his career" to get Juanma to fight him.
The former WBO world champion in the featherweight and super bantamweight divisions, Juanma (34-5, 31 KOs) said a knockout win can happen, but he's planning to win the fight round after round.
"Many people believe that I have no talent, skill or intelligence, but they will see different on the 29th," said Lopez, who was last in the ring in 2014 when he was knocked out in two rounds by Argentina's Jesus Cuellar.
No longer will to trade words, Juanma sent a warning to his opponent.
"I'm going to talk to you in the ring in my hands and you'll be made to understand ," said Juanma.
Papito Vazquez, who lost his last fight against Mexican contender Rafael Rivera, is confident of walking away with the victory.
"On October 29, I will show all those people who had no trust in me, the knowledge that has been given to me by my father, my sacrifice and my discipline," Vazquez said.