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Former two time world champion Juan Manuel ”Juanma” Lopez had a media day today where he showed his great condition in his training for his return to the ring against Aldimar Silva Santos on February 2, 2013, at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation. “I’m totally in focus for this fight because I’m going to show that I have a lot of boxing to become a world champion again, Lopez said before his training at the Jose “Cheo” Aponte Gym in Caguas. I’ve been training since August, training hard with my team (Alex Caraballo and Orlando Pinero) at the Cheo Aponte Gym and with Freddy Trinidad in the Caimito Gym, where we are working on something new.”
Although Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) didn’t have to weighed in the pre-weigh ceremony today, he did it in front of the media and weighed in at 139 pounds a month before his bout against Silva Santos. Lopez worked today in some exercises, shadowboxing, jumping rope, hitting the punching bag and did some rounds of padwork with trainer Trinidad when he practiced defensive moves.
“I weighed here to see that I’m working hard and focused,” a relaxed Lopez said.
About the Brazilian Silva Santos (18-3, 9 KOs), who fought last December 29, 2012, winning a six round decision over fellow countryman Rodolfo Franz in Brazil, Lopez said that he doesn t know much of him. “I just know that he (Silva Santos) is right-handed and has fast hands,” Lopez said.
The Lopez-Silva Santos bout is scheduled for 10 rounds in 128 pounds. Currently Lopez is ranked #5 by the WBO in the featherweight division.
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Meanwhile, the Puerto Rico Boxing Comission made the 30 day weigh in for Jose ”Chelo” Gonzalez, McWilliams Arroyo, McJoe Arroyo and Jonathan ”Bomba” Gonzalez, who will fight for regional titles in the show. These fighters can’t weigh more than 15% of the weight for their fights.
The #1 WBO ranked in the lightweights, Chelo Gonzalez (21-0, 16 KOs), who is going to defend his WBO Latino lightweight title against a foe to be announced, weighed 154.5 pounds of a 155.25 maximum allowed. McWilliams Arroyo (13-1, 11 KOs), the #6 WBO ranked in the flyweights, also will defend his WBO Latino flyweight belt versus a rival to be determined. McWilliams weighed 118 pounds of a 128.8 limit. McJoe Arroyo (11-0, 6 KOs), the #9 WBO ranked in the super flyweights, will fight for the WBO superflyweight Latino crown against a foe to be named. McJoe weighed 123 pounds of a 132.25 maximum and Bomba Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KOs), who is the #12 WBO ranked in the flyweights and will defend his WBO Youth flyweight title, weighed 130 pounds of a 128.8 maximum.
More information of this show soon.
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