By Lee Bates
Undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) easily made the 30 day minimum weight requirement today for his upcoming title defense. Lopez weighed in at 133 pounds which was well below the 140.3 maximum weight allowed. Lopez will defend his title against Rogers Mtagwa on October 10th at the Madison Square Garden in New York. For Lopez it will be his first time fighting at the Madison Square Garden, something he is very aware of and ready to deliver a solid performance. “With this being my first time fighting at the Garden, I really want to deliver a very solid performance for all the fans in attendance,” said Lopez.
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Lopez also mentioned in a comment about possible future opponent WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero. “My first priority is to defeat Mtagwa but should Caballero indeed be my next opponent he wont make past 8 rounds with me.” said Lopez.
Tickets, priced at $250, $150, $75 and $50 and are available at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com. Island Warriors — Latin Fury 12 — is available on Pay Per View and is promoted by Top Rank.