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Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) said that he is ready to show the world that he will become world champion again and he wants to show it this Saturday, when he faces Aldimar Silva Santos (18-3, 9 KOs) at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation in association with Top Rank.
“I feel so good, in good condition for this return to the ring. I look forward to fighting again, but I’m focused on this fight because I know that this is an important fight for my future,” Lopez said. “I want to show that I’ll be a world champion again, but I don’t know the weight for my future. After this fight I’ll tell you if I’ll continue at 126 or 130 pounds.”
The fight against Silva will be fought at a catch weight of 128 pounds. Lopez is currently ranked #5 by the WBO in the featherweight division. It will be Juanma’s first fight since March 2012, when he lost by TKO against Orlando Salido and was then suspended for one year after accusing referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. of gambling on the bout. Puerto Rican Sports Secretary Henry Neumann later lifted the suspension allowing Lopez to get back in the ring sooner.