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Juanma on weight; vows KO!

Photo: PR Best Boxing

Photo: PR Best Boxing

By Lee Bates

WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) is all smiles as he easily made the 30 day weight limit for his April 25th showdown with WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Peñalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs). The 30 day minimum weight requirement was 140.3 pounds. Lopez scaled 134 which is just 12 pounds over the 122 pound contracted weight limit with still about a month to go until the official weigh-in. Peñalosa has never been stopped inside the distance in 62 professional bouts. Lopez looks to become the first to TKO or KO Peñalosa. “I’m hoping I can stop him by the 5th or 6th round,” said Lopez. The bout titled ‘Champion vs. Champion’ will be promoted by PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) & Top Rank. The site for the fight will be the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. HBO will televise. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 787-792-5000.

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