Juanma has no more excuses after Saturday night
(Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok / SHOWTIME) By Dan Ambrose: Former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KO’s) says he wasn’t in the best of shape the last time he fought Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KO’s) last April in the 28-year-old Lopez’s eighth round TKO loss in Puerto Rico. Lopez will now get a second chance to prove whether his excuse was correct or not tomorrow night in another fight in Puerto Rico against Salido at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Another loss for Lopez will expose his excuses as being nothing more than a fighter unable to take responsibility for getting schooled by a better fighter. But if Lopez can beat the 31-year-old Salido and win in an impressive fashion, then perhaps some boxing fans will buy his excuses about not being in the best of shape last time he fought him. I don’t buy that as being the reason why he lost to Salido. He got beat because he couldn’t handle the guy’s power and didn’t have a good enough chin to take 12 rounds of pounding from him.
Things could be different tomorrow night if Lopez can stay on the move and use his boxing skills instead of his power to try and get a win. I don’t think Lopez will be able to resist going to war with Salido and will end up getting blasted out again, but it should be interesting to see what he does. I’m sure Lopez has been told by his trainer to box Salido instead of mixing it up with him and trying to take him out. He knows what he needs to do no doubt but I just don’t think Lopez will be able to stay on message for the full 12 rounds, and it’ll take one round where he veers from the course and tries to trade with Salido for him to get knocked out by the tough Mexican.
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