Today in Puerto Rico world ranked challenger, Bernabe Concepcion held a media workout at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, before returning the Philippines to prepare for his world title challenge against WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on July 10 in Puerto Rico.
Yesterday, Concepcion who was accompanied by his advisor Michael Koncz to Puerto Rico, took part in a press conference with Lopez to officially announce their fight, which is being billed as “The Challenge” and will be televised live by Showtime from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, Jose Miguel Agrelot.
“I know I will need speed and movement to beat Lopez, but I am not afraid to trade punches with him. I am not concerned to be fighting Lopez in Puerto Rico and him getting a hometown decision, because I doubt that this fight will go the distance because of our great power,” said Concepcion, who has fought 10 of his last 11 fights outside his native country, having fought eight times in the US and twice in Mexico.
Concepcion and Koncz will return to the Philippines on Friday, and Concepcion will fly to the United States on May 28 to finalize his training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California under the astute trainer Buboy Fernandez, who will be his head trainer for this fight, with Freddie Roach supervising the training of one of Manny Pacquiao’s most prize pupils.
Tickets went on sale yesterday and have a price of $400, $200, $150, $75, $50 and $35 and are available at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico box office and thru Ticketpop by calling (787) 294-0001.