Daniel Ponce De Leon was on top of his game after escaping a unanimous decision win against Gerry Peñalosa and destroyed the up and coming Boomboom Bautista but De Leon with his confidence didn’t know what’s coming when Juan Manuel Lopez destroyed every bit of hope he has painstakingly build throughout his career.
Juanma was the gate crasher in De Leon’s victory party and although Ponce De Leon’s career is far from over but his once notable warrior’s immunity is slowly depleting.
He may not be the same again especially when it took only seconds in round one to destroy him.
Juan Manuel Lopez is the pride of Puerto Rico a country who prides itself with vast talented casts of boxers from all generations from Wilfredo Gomez to Hector Camacho to Tito Trinidad to Miguel Cotto. Lopez who fights in the super bantam division is a 25 year old southpaw who has an impressive record of 23 wins 21 by way of knockouts with 0 losses. Everyone thought Lopez is a one hit wonder but his 47 seconds demolition against Cesar Figueroa last Oct.4 was a sign that Lopez isn’t going anywhere.
Is he ready for Israel Vasquez?
MAYBE– Juanma has handled Ponce De Leon a devastating loss given his power and his skill there is an ample chance for Lopez to likely succeed against the resiliency of an Israel Vasquez. How would he handle Vasquez pressure? Yes he can give Vasquez a good fight but will he succeed? Maybe….
NO– at age 25 Lopez is not yet on his prime and with lesser number of fights and rounds he still needs the experienced
Israel Vasquez has tremendous power in both hands and with an impressive resume including Jhonny Gonzalez and Rafael Marquez he knows how to fight and most of all knows how to win. Lopez needs to build his fights first before a showdown with Vasquez begins.
YES– Lopez has already been tried and tested when he went up against De Leon. His demand went high and a fight with Vasquez would be a mouth watering treat for everyone. Juanma could slug it out with Vasquez and with the Mexican-Puerto Rican rivalry this would place him on boxing’s history. There are no qualms about this fight Lopez should take it he is the fighter everyone talks about in his division now he should strike while the iron is still hot.
Maybe, Yes or No… Lopez would gladly take this fight in any given day… He deserves to be in the league of Israel Vasquez. This fight could happen and we all know Lopez succeeds when he least expected to win ask Ponce…
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