Boxing news say former two-weight world champion Juanma Lopez (35-5) could have made good business fighting Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (24-7-1) around the years 2009 and 2010, but both Perto Rican prizefighters followed parallel careers, fighting Mexicans and boxers of other nationalities.
Juanma Lopez and Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. may not have fought in the past, but it doesn’t mean there is no conflict between the two. If those years of no contact did anything at all to their rivalry, it’s to increase their enmity.
“I cannot stand him. He repulses me. He has always undervalued and disparaged me. He’s never given me my proper place. This is the first time in my career that I make a prediction: I will knock him out,” Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. said prior to their fight, according to ESPN for Boxing news.
Juanma Lopez came out of a 25-month retirement, and got a medical clearance after losing 3 of his last 4 fights by TKO.
On Saturday he fought like a hungry young fighter who wants to put an end to a rivalry; a rivalry in fact that’s long-standing with very “real animosity” and ought to be exhausted physically in the ring.
He hurt Vazquez with his left hand, and followed it up, pursuing him down the corner, knocking him down in the 11th round. The referee saw Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. too weak and hurt, and decided to stop the fight, kneeling close to the fighter lying on the canvas.
Juanma Lopez seemed ready to revive his old career that had been marred with controversies and suspensions. The crowd was jubilant, and things were looking up, until a new bout started to develop.
Juanma Lopez charged toward the opposite corner to meet Vazquez’s corner man who was coming up for his ward. They simultaneously threw left hooks, and at the first shot Lopez got hit hard and leaned against the ropes. Both renewed throwing punches in a second and babel ensued.
Prior to the fight, Juanma said of his anger toward Vazquez, “He was singing out loud and during the face-to-face picture. He tried to kiss me and I did not permit (him to). I understand that he’s afraid and what a better moment than in front of everybody, including the press, to release his emotions.”
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