By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez weighed in at 128.4 pounds for his fight tonight at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, against Brazilian Adilmar Silva and yesterday formalized his ‘invasion’ into the junior lightweight division which he said was already planning for some time. Juanma has done 165 rounds of sparring and he expects his body will respond at 130 pounds with the same effectiveness as when he dominated at 122 and 126. “I’m going to 130 pounds. I already talked with Orlando Pinero and then after the fight we’ll sit with the company but it’s already a reality. I will stay at 130 pounds. I’m not going to make 126 anymore. I hope my body responds well but we’ll see when the bell rings. I did 165 rounds of sparring, the first time I’ve had so many, and we hope that everything goes well. I am strong and well-fed,” he said.
Lopez will be making his first fight in 11 months after being suspended following his second loss in a row by knockout against Mexican Orlando Salido for calling referee Roberto Ramirez “a gambler.”
“I’m quite calm for this return. I feel more mature. I have no problems but, of course, I’m a little anxious about how the fans will react but I’m fine. I’ve only seen a couple of rounds from my opponent’s fight with Jesse Magdaleno. I saw he throws a lot of right hands and that he has quick hands but we know what to do.”
Juanma reiterated that he would like to fight Diego Magdaleno because he’s rated in all the organizations and by defeating him a title shot would be just around the corner with any of the four sanctioning bodies.
“I don’t want to fight Rocky Martinez (current WBO 130lb champ) who is like my brother. It’s possible Rocky will go up to 135. And there are big names at 130 pounds. We have spoken of many fights. If a world championship fight comes after this fight we’ll do it. With me there are no problems,” he said.