On the eve of Valentines Day, Bernabe Concepcion won a unanimous decision against Mario Santiago in Las Vegas USA that earned him a chance to fight against Santiago’s country man and kingpin of the featherweight division Juan Manuel Lopez. I don’t know if it was a blessing or a curse but Bernabe is aiming at the highest mountain he could climb, the top of the food chain. Juanma is no easy task and he fought the best fighters on the super bantam weight division before stepping up the plate and now going up in the featherweight to fight bigger names such as Israel Vasquez, Rafael Marquez and the equally dangerous and undefeated fighter from Cuba Yuriorkis Gamboa. Concepcion isn’t a pushover either he was never been knockdown on his 3 losses and he got disqualified on his fight with Steven Luevano when he hit him after the bell already sounded in the 7th round. But does Concepcion have what it takes to win Juanma’s belt?
Lopez went toe to toe with Gerry Peñalosa and took the defensive specialist to 10 rounds before Freddie Roach wave the towel saving Gerry further damage, he knock out Daniel Ponce De Leon in just seconds on the first round and lastly it only took 7 rounds to score an impressive TKO win against Luevano earning him Steven’s WBO title. But despite of all that Concepcion has one bright light in fighting Lopez. He should see how Rogers Mtagwa handled Lopez; he went toe to toe with him for 12 full rounds in a straight-up brawl I’m not saying Concepcion should do that but he has to present an element of surprise to Lopez… something he never expected. Lopez is not perfect but he has little flaws so the only way to outwork and outhustle him is to conserve energy by hitting him with precise offense and using more footwork to maneuver Lopez’s power punches… easier said than done.
July 10 would prove to be Concepcion’s biggest fight of his career…four months to make him battle ready. Juanma still has a date with destiny against Gamboa and that would be an enormous fight in boxing not unless Concepcion steals the limelight and rewrite history but it’s unlikely to happen. He has only a puncher chance… one big hit can change everything maybe that’s what it takes for Concepcion to win against Lopez… other than that I couldn’t think of any.
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