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Vazquez: I Took 'Worst Deal of My Career' To Get Juanma in There

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.

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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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 10-23-2016

Juanma says he's only doing it for the money (disdain) and Vazquez says the money doesn't matter (animosity). It's personal, but Juanma is still shot. The winner of this will get a bigger applause on PR day.

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 10-23-2016

I think Wilfred will win this one by knock out

Comment by slimPickings on 10-22-2016

I guess this is personal !!

Comment by Redd Foxx on 10-22-2016

Not a phrase you hear anybody uttering these days; taking a poor offer just to get a chance to beat said opponent. The bar might be at a bit low with this one but regardless...

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