By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel `Juanma` Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) and his challenger Olivier Lontchi (18-0-2, 8 KOs) both easily made the minimum requirement for their 7 day pre-weigh in on Friday, June 19th. Lopez and Lontchi each weighed in at 124 pounds, which is just 2 pounds over the weight limit for their official weigh-in next Friday. The Top Rank & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Lopez, who will headline his first PPV when he defends against Lontchi on Saturday June 27th at the Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
“I will have no problems at all making the 122 pound weight limit for this fight, and it shows since I’m already comfortably at 124 pounds. From what I’ve seen on Lontchi he has good speed and throws a lot of punches. With that being said I’ve worked extremely hard on my speed as well and will be ready for Lontchi’s challenge.” said Lopez.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, “Latin Fury 9″ will be broadcasted Live on Pay-Per-View from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100 and $50, and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 736-1420 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. The pay-per-view telecast has a suggested retail price of $39.95 and will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For “Latin Fury 9″ fight week updates, log on to www.toprank.com.
*Former world champion Eric Morel (41-2, 21 KOs) will not fight after all on the undercard. He will instead take on WBO champion Fernando Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) possibly in September. As mentioned earlier on Fightnews, Montiel was forced to pull out of his bout with Morel scheduled on the Lopez-Lontchi undercard due to a hand injury.