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Juanma: I want to give myself a last opportunity

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez will start training next week for a comeback in December or January 2014 in the junior lightweight division. He also ruled out rumors of a fight against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., which he attributed to fight fans on Twitter.

“I’ve seen that but I’m not [fighting Vazquez],” stated Juanma. “When I take a fight, Twitter is not going to know. At the moment I’m resting and I’m not thinking about what I’m going to do. I have not sat with company to speak and when I do we’ll determine that. The coming week I’ll begin to work on physical conditioning because I have to take care of that. If we keep at it, it’s my passion, it would have to wait until December or January. I’m not fighting again quickly. I’m overweight. Right now I’m at 155 pounds and when I can box, I’ll do it at 130.”

Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) comes off a fourth round TKO loss against Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) in a bout for the WBO featherweight belt that Garcia lost on the scale by failing to make the 126-pound weight.

“I’m not retired but I’m not going back to 126,” continued Juanma. “In the fight something happened that I can’t explain. I was in great physical condition. I did well making the weight. The first round was fairly even but thereafter I became disoriented and I got lost in the fight. I never really got the right distance. I never found it. I didn’t take punches that were hurting me very much, but when I did I went down. No way! Maybe if I had been knocked down 20 times and had a cut in the fight, but he said no more. I want to give myself a last opportunity.”

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