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What’s next for Juanma?

By Lee Bates

WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) successfully retained his title Saturday night against Rogers Mtagwa (26-13-2, 18 KOs). The focus now shifts to what’s next for Lopez. Lopez commented on his tough defense against Mtagwa and his future. Bob Arum/Top Rank, Lopez’ co-promoter with PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) mentioned after the fight that Lopez would return to action January 23rd in Puerto Rico in a bout telvised on HBO. Two names mentioned as possibles for Lopez to fight were current WBC featherweight champ Elio Rojas and WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano. As for the Mtagwa fight, Juanma stated, “This was the most difficult and toughest fight of my career. Mtgawa just kept coming and throwing punches. Fighters like Mtgawa some times are the hardest fights because they have nothing to lose and they really bring it to you. I hope to fight the big names like Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez in the future.”

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