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Interview: Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo by Robert Hughes

Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight and featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico discusses his June 15 showdown with undefeated WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, California . Their HBO-televised collision will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

How do you feel coming into this fight?
I feel really good; I have good preparation for this type of fight.

Stepping in against Garcia after tough losses to Salido
It’s all about styles and I think are styles are going to match and I have a great opponent.

Are you going to try and knock him out?
We are going to go hard, pressure him, pressure him and if the knock comes or 12 rounds, we got to be prepared everyday.

On leaving Puerto Rico for training to stay focused which has been an issue in the past
It is difficult to leave Puerto Rico, we have talked about it before, going to Big Bear, going to other places to train, but you know what, I love my kids and I get to see them all the time, I can’t see myself leaving them for a long period of time.

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