Juan Manuel López (boxer)

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Juan Manuel López
Juan Manuel Lopez.jpg
López in 2007
Real name Juan Manuel López Rivera
Nickname(s) Juanma
Rated at Super featherweight
Super bantamweight
Height 5 ft 5 12 in (166 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Puerto Rican
Born (1983-06-30) June 30, 1983 (age 32)
Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 39
Wins 34
Wins by KO 31
Losses 5

Juan Manuel "Juanma" López Rivera (born June 30, 1983) is a Puerto Rican former professional boxer. Considered a knockout artist at his peak in the late 2000s and early 2010s,[1] López is a former WBO super bantamweight and featherweight champion. As an amateur he represented Puerto Rico at numerous international tournaments including the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games, 2003 Pan American Games and the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Amateur career[edit]

López started boxing when he was ten years old. He won the Puerto Rican national amateur championship for five consecutive years between 2000 and 2004.[2] López represented Puerto Rico internationally, fighting in the bantamweight division (119 pounds (54 kg) in the amateur circuit). In the 2001 Pan American Championships held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from August 10–18, López ended in the second place after Elio Rojas of the Dominican Republic. He was part of the national team assembled to competed in the 2002 Central American and Caribbean Games, held in San Salvador. In this competition, López debuted by defeating local pugilist, Antonio Nuñez, by points (23:16). But lost a decision to Abner Mares of Mexico, with scores of 23:19. In the first 2003 Pan American Qualifier, López debuted by defeating Francisco Palma of Ecuador, with scores of 12:8. In the semifinals, he lost to Alexander Espinoza of Venezuela by points (11:10). His next major international event was the 2003 Pan American Games, organized in Santo Domingo. Debuting in the preliminaries, López defeated Castulo González of Guatemala by points (27:10) in the inaugural fight. In the quarterfinals, he was matched against Mares, losing another fight by points, on this occasion with results of 24:21. López was among the Puerto Rican boxers that competed in the American Olympic Qualification tournament, which took place in Tijuana. Beginning his participation on March 14, 2004, by defeating Roberto Benítez of the United States via decision. In the tournament's second date, he defeated Algenis Méndez who represented the Dominican Republic by points. In the final, López lost a decision to Andrew Kooner of Canada, with scores of 29:18. This performance earned him a position in the national team that participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics, held in Athens. As part of his training for that games, López participated in two "Puerto Rico vs. USA" tournaments, where both national teams paired those qualified for the event.[3] The first of these took place on May 7, 2004, in Reno, Nevada. There, López defeated Eric Hunter by walkover.[3] In the second, organized in Trenton, New Jersey on October 4, 2004, he defeated Torrence Daniels by points (16:15).[3] This was followed by his last a participation in the Jose "Cheo" Aponte Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico where he defeated Luis Peña in the finals, 33-5. López's Olympic debut took place on August 17, 2004, where he was paired against Khavazhi Khatsigov of Belarus, losing the contest by points (27:19). At the moment of closing his amateur career, he had compiled a record of 126-24.[4]

Professional career[edit]

López turned professional in 2005 following the Olympic games, boxing in the junior featherweight division. As a professional he is promoted by Top Rank Boxing and comanaged by Orlando Piñero and Peter Rivera, president of Puerto Rico Best Boxing Promotions.[5][6] López debuted on January 29, 2005, in Bayamón, Puerto Rico picking a quick knockout victory against also debuting boxer Luis Colón. He would go on to defeat nine straight adversaries by knockout: Ivan Cordero, Efrain Perez, Eric Nemos, Charlie Jones, Roberto Chacón, Luis Bolaño, Manuel Sanabria and Jose Luis Caro.[7] He concluded his first year as a professional with a record of 8–0 with eight knockouts, which earned him the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission's recognition for rookie and prospect of the year.[8] On March 4, 2006, he won his first fight by unanimous decision against Gilberto Bolanos of Mexico.[9] He would win four more fights before the end of 2006, three of them by knockout. One of these fights was against Jose Alonso, for the WBO Latino Super Bantamweight Championship, a regional championship sanctioned by the World Boxing Organization.[10] The fight took place on September 30, 2006, in Caguas and ended in the third round when López defeated Alonso by technical knockout. His first fight of 2007 took place in Dodge Arena in Phoenix, Arizona against Cuauhtemoc Vargas, in a fight he won when Vargas was unable to continue.[11] He would compete again on March 3 in San Juan, against Leivi Brea, in a fight that he won by technical knockout.[12] On April 28, 2007, López would have his first fight outside of Puerto Rico and the United States in a fight that took place in Barranquilla, Colombia. The fight was against Colombian boxer Jorge Otero, the fight ended when the referee stopped the fight thus giving López another technical knockout victory.[13] López's next fight took place on June 22, 2007, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico against Giovanni Andrade of Brazil as the main event of a card presented by Puerto Rico Best Boxing.[14] López won the fight by technical knockout at 2:59 of the first round when Andrade indicated to the referee that he could not continue.[14] On August 4, 2007, López retained his regional title in a fight where he defeated Hugo Dianzo by technical knockout.[15] López dominated throughout the fight opening wounds on Dianzo's head.[15] On the tenth round one of López's punches opened one of these wounds further which led to Dianzo losing a significant amount of blood, following this incident the referee stopped the fight.[15] López would successfully defend his regional title against Omar Adorno, in a special fight card presented by the WBO that took place on October 31, 2007.[16] Juan scored three knockdows throughout the course of the fight, and after two minutes of the second round had passed he won the fight by knockout.[16] López's fourth title defense took place on February 23, 2008, when he defeated Jonathan Oquendo by technical knockout in the third round of an event titled Guerra Civil.[17]

WBO super bantamweight title[edit]

On June 7, 2008, López fought in his first world championship match when he challenged Daniel Ponce de León for the World Boxing Organization's super bantamweight title in a card organized by Home Box Office at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[18] He won by technical knockout in the first round, when the referee stopped the fight after Ponce de León failed to respond following two consecutive knockdowns.[19] After attending several homages, presentations and interviews, López received his championship belt from the WBO's president, Francisco "Paco" Valcárcel, on June 13, 2008.[20] During this ceremony, he received a letter from Wilfredo Gómez, offering congratulations and predicting a solid career.[20] López's first defense was against César Figueroa and it took place on October 4, 2008, in an event titled "The First Step" which was organized at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico.[21] The opponent in this contest was originally expected to be Olivier Lontchi, but he was discarded after earning a draw against what was perceived as a "low quality" adversary.[22][23] His entrance featured fireworks and personalized music composed by Baby Rasta & Gringo, while Félix Trinidad and Iván Calderón accompanied him in the ring.[21] The fight lasted only 47 seconds, López began by boxing around the ring and throwing sporadic jabs, but in his first offensive attempt he connected a combination that left Figueroa unconscious.[21] Roberto Ramírez, the fight's referee, concluded the protection count without response and stopped the contest by knockout.[21] This marked the fifth fastest knockout victory in a title fight, superating Mike Tyson's win over Michael Spinks.[24] Two days after this fight, Bob Arum confirmed that López would be featured as part of "The Dream Match" card, which presented a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya in the main event.[25] López began training again on October 13, 2008, seeking to conserve and improve his physical condition for this event.[26] During this week, Israel Vázquez responded to a challenge issued following the defense against Figueroa, stating that a matchup between both pugilists would be "interesting" because it would "be a challenge".[27] López concured, noting that after a preparatory fight in 2009, the plan would be to organize the fight in New York, the night before the Puerto Rican Day Parade.[28] Approaches were made to several of the ranked pugilists, with Sergio Medina and Bernabé Concepción emerging as tentative opponents.[29] The WBO's bantamweight champion, Gerry Peñalosa, expressed interest in pursuing the fight after Abner Mares was injured, but his proposal included a guarantee of $250,000 in earnings, which wasn't considered as cost effective by López and his staff.[30][31] In the meanwhile, he received a homage as part of the Dominican Parade in San Juan, serving as Padrino Internacional (lit. "International Godfather") along Calderón.[32]

Medina, who at the moment was ranked fourth by the WBO, was ultimately selected as the adversary for the event organized on December 6, 2008. During the activities organized prior to this card, López met Vázquez and Rafael Márquez in person, with both of them expressing interest in competing against him during 2009.[33] The fight lasted 1:38, being stopped by the referee in the first round, when López scored three consecutive knockdowns.[34] According to Compubox, Medina was only able to land one punch in six attempts, while exhibiting a timid pace.[34] López took offensive initiative and continued in control of the fight's tempo throughout the contest.[34] In recognition to his performance during 2008, López received numerous recognitions including "Athlete of the Year" awards from Primera Hora and the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico, in addition he was included in a list titled Los pioneros del año published by El Nuevo Día, which discussed the year's most notorious public figures.[35][36] On February 10, 2009, Golden Boy Promotions' vice president, Eric Gómez, confirmed that López's first mandatory defense would be against Peñalosa.[37]

The event was held on April 25, 2009, being dubbed "Campeón vs.Campeón", emphasizing that both boxers were champions entering the contest. Early in the fight, both pugilists exchanged combinations, with López gaining a slight advantage by targeting the head and body of Peñalosa.[38] This pattern continued in the third and fourth rounds, while the challenger continued counterattacking despite receiving more damage. Between the fifth and sixth chapters, both pugilists exchanged combinations, with Peñalosa scoring his most solid punches. During the following two rounds, López managed to establish control of the offensive's tempo, but Peñalosa continued using his counterattack.[38] Prior to the ninth chapter, Peñalosa's trainer, Freddie Roach, warned him that he had to win by knockout or the fight would be stopped.[38] In the round, the pattern continued with few variations, once it was over Roach submitted the fight.[38] With this technical knockout, López became the first boxer to defeat the veteran by knockout.[39] After the fight, Peñalosa received an ovation from the public for his effort. Throughout the fight, López established divisional records, breaking the marks for most power punches landed in a round and most power punches thrown in a round, both were achieved during the eight round.[40]

Subsequently, López defended against Oliver Lontchi.[41] The pugilist began the fight calmly. In the second round, López scored a knockdown.[41] Consequently, Lontchi switched to a defensive tactic during the following round, before beginning to exchange combinations.[41] López was scoring the stronger punches during these exchanges, winning the sixth and seventh chapters.[41] In the ninth, Lontchi received a second knockdown and his corner decided to stop the fight during the recess. In his last fight at the super bantamweight division, López defended against Rogers Mtagwa.[42] The first stage of the fight featured a head clash that injured López's left eye. In the fifth round, the pugilist scored a knockdown, but Mtagwa recovered and continued.[42] In the eight round, López engaged on the offensive, gaining advantage. Mtagwa scored punches after the bell in the eight and ninth rounds.[42] Despite holding a lead on the scorecards, López decided to continue trading in the latter half of the fight. In the final minute of the eleventh round, Mtagwa injured him with a punch, but was not able to score a knockdown.[42] López, still injured, employed a defensive stance throughout the twelfth round, surviving to receive a unanimous decision with scores of 116-111, 115-111 and 114-113.[42]

Featherweight division[edit]

Immediately following this fight, plans to fight Steven Luevano for the WBO featherweight championship were made public. An economic agreement was reached in November 2009.[43] The event was organized on January, 2010, at Madison Square Garden.[44] Both boxed around the ring during the first round, with López gaining a slight advantage.[44] Luevano used his speed to employ a constant jab during the second round, working on counter-punches, which left him open to a combination to end that stage. López began pursuing the offensive during the third round, employing combinations and pursuing Luevano, who attempted to counter.[44] This pattern persisted during the following two rounds. By the sixth round López's offensive had damaged Luevano's left eye, which began to swell.[44] In the seventh round López scored a knockdown following a combination. Luevano was able to stand up but was still injured, which prompted the referee to stop the fight by technical knockout.[44]

López's first featherweight defense took place on July 10, 2010, against the WBO's mandatory challenger, Bernabé Concepción. The first round began with both boxers circling around the ring, studying their respective opponent.[45] During an exchange Concepción received a left hook that forced him to fall back against the ropes, López then engaged on the offensive, scoring a knockdown. This pattern continued, with Concepción staying on the offensive until he was able to counter and score a knockdown.[45] López began the second round more aggressive, scoring two consecutive knockdowns, which prompted the referee to stop the fight by technical knockout.[45]

With this outcome, previous negotiations with Rafael Márquez's camp continued, pursuing an autumn date for the contest. September 18, 2010, was the original scheluded date, but an injury suffered by Márquez during training forced posponement. The event was re-scheluded for November 6, 2010. López won the fight by a TKO in the 9th round, when Márquez refused to come back to fight due to an injured shoulder.

On April 16, 2011, he lost the WBO title to Orlando Salido via technical knockout, as the referee stopped the fight in the 8th round. The bout was held in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The outcome of the fight was a huge upset. It was the first loss of López' career. On March 10, 2012, he lost again to Orlando Salido in a rematch by 10th round technical knockout in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez's excuse was that he could've continued to fight and that the referee only stopped the fight in that scenario because he had a bet placed on Salido to win the fight.

Then after almost 11 months of inactivity from the ring, Lopez finally returned to face Aldimar Silva on February 2, 2013. Lopez showed no signs of ring rust, dominating Silva from start to finish, before ultimately winning the fight by TKO in the ninth round. Just nearly 3 months later, he then faced Eugenio Lopez in Mexico on April 20, 2013. His fight Eugenio proved to be even easier than his destruction over Aldimar Silva when Lopez defeated him via lop-sided second-round knock-out.

Professional boxing record[edit]

34 Wins (31 Knockouts), 5 Losses (5 Knockouts), 0 Draws[46]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 34-5 Argentina Jesus Cuellar KO 2 (12) 2014-09-11 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For interim WBA Featherweight Title.
Loss 34-4 Mexico Francisco Vargas RTD 3 (10), 3:00 2014-07-13 United States MGM Grand Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBO International Super Featherweight Title.
For vacant NABF Super Featherweight Title.
Win 34-3 Mexico Daniel Ponce De Leon TKO 2 (10), 2:42 2014-03-15 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan Won vacant WBO International Super Featherweight Title.
Loss 33-3 United States Mikey Garcia TKO 4 (12), 1:34 2013-06-15 United States American Airlines Center Dallas, United States For WBO and the Ring Magazine Featherweight Titles.
Win 33-2 Mexico Eugenio López KO 2 (10), 2:01 2013-04-20 Mexico Ciudad de México, México
Win 32-2 Brazil Aldimar Silva TKO 9 (10), 1:04 2013-02-02 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón
Loss 31-2 Mexico Orlando Salido TKO 10 (12), 0:32 2012-03-10 Puerto Rico Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan For WBO Featherweight title.
Win 31-1 United States Mike Oliver TKO 2 (12), 2:32 2011-10-01 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón
Loss 30-1 Mexico Orlando Salido TKO 8 (12), 1:39 2011-04-16 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón Lost WBO Featherweight title.
Win 30-0 Mexico Rafael Márquez RTD 8 (12), 3:00 2010-11-06 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Featherweight title.
Win 29-0 Philippines Bernabé Concepción TKO 2 (12), 2:37 2010-07-10 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Hato Rey Retained WBO Featherweight title.
Win 28-0 United States Steven Luevano TKO 7 (12), 2:16 2010-01-23 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Won WBO Featherweight title.
Win 27-0 Tanzania Rogers Mtagwa UD 12 2009-10-10 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 26-0 Canada Olivier Lontchi RTD 9 (12), 3:00 2009-06-27 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 25-0 Philippines Gerry Peñalosa RTD 10 (12), 0:10 2009-04-25 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 24-0 Argentina Sergio Manuel Medina TKO 1 (12), 1:38 2008-12-06 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 23-0 Mexico Cesar Figueroa KO 1 (12), 0:47 2008-10-04 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Hato Rey Retained WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 22-0 Mexico Daniel Ponce de León TKO 1 (12), 2:25 2008-06-07 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won WBO Super Bantamweight title.
Win 21-0 Puerto Rico Jonathan Oquendo TKO 3 (12), 0:49 2008-02-23 Puerto Rico Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas Retained WBO Latino Super Bantamweight title.
Win 20-0 Puerto Rico Omar Adorno TKO 2 (12), 2:18 2007-10-31 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Hato Rey Retained WBO Latino Super Bantamweight title.
Win 19-0 Mexico Hugo Dianzo TKO 10 (12), 1:12 2007-08-04 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois Retained WBO Latino Super Bantamweight title.
Win 18-0 Brazil Giovanni Andrade TKO 1 (10), 2:59 2007-06-22 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Hato Rey Retained WBO Latino Super Bantamweight title.
Win 17-0 Colombia Jorge Otero TKO 7 (10) 2007-04-28 Colombia Coliseo Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla
Win 16-0 Dominican Republic Leivi Brea TKO 2 (10), 2:24 2007-03-03 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan
Win 15-0 Mexico Cuauhtemoc Vargas RTD 6 (10), 3:00 2007-01-19 United States Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 14-0 Mexico Jose Alonso TKO 3 (12), 2:59 2006-09-30 Puerto Rico Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas Won vacant WBO Latino Super Bantamweight title.
Win 13-0 Mexico Edel Ruiz RTD 7 (8), 0:02 2006-07-21 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut
Win 12-0 Mexico Sergio Mendez UD 6 2006-06-10 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 11-0 Mexico Alberto Chuc TKO 6 (10), 0:02 2006-04-07 Puerto Rico Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum, San Juan
Win 10-0 Mexico Gilberto Bolanos UD 8 2006-03-04 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón
Win 9-0 Mexico Jose Luis Caro KO 3 (6), 1:44 2006-01-21 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8-0 Mexico Manuel Sarabia TKO 1 (6), 2:50 2005-12-10 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan
Win 7-0 Colombia Luis Bolano RTD 3 (6), 0:10 2005-11-18 Puerto Rico Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum, San Juan
Win 6-0 Costa Rica Roberto Chacon KO 1 (6), 2:10 2005-09-30 Puerto Rico Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum, San Juan
Win 5-0 United States Charles Jones KO 1 (4), 3:00 2005-08-20 Puerto Rico Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, Ponce
Win 4-0 United States Eric Nemo TKO 3 (4), 1:23 2005-06-11 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 3-0 Puerto Rico Efrain Perez KO 1 (4) 2005-04-30 Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Hato Rey
Win 2-0 Puerto Rico Ivan Cordero TKO 1 (4) 2005-02-26 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón
Win 1-0 Puerto Rico Luis Daniel Colon KO 1 (4), 1:06 2005-01-29 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón Professional debut.

Personal life[edit]

López had a relationship with Bárbara De Jesús that lasted nine years.[47] The couple has two children, which share the house with three siblings. The couple met in a public housing project in Juncos where López's mother lived.[48] In the beginning López's family did not support the relationship because De Jesús had three children from a previous relation.[49] They eventually moved together and established a residence in Caguas. De Jesús played a role in López's training, preparing seven daily meals and accompanying him in weight routines.[50] Several members of their family used to attend his daily trainings, which he considered a "tranquility provider".[51] De Jesús also used to be present in López's corner during fights, and received a salary for scheduling his daily agenda.[52] The couple held their civil wedding in August 2009.[53] A catholic wedding was subsequently held on July 18, 2010. On February, 2011, only 7 months after his wedding, López filed a divorce claim against Bárbara De Jesús for undisclosed reasons.[54]

In 2012, López started a relationship with Geraldine Crespo, whom she had met while training at the gym. In February 2013, the couple got engaged after his fight with Aldimar Silva.[55] The couple married in August 2014 in a private wedding in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.[56] In October 31, 2015, Crespo presented a domestic abuse complaint against López after he allegedly hit her in the face after an argument. López went to court the next day and was released after paying bond.[57]

López's professional success garnered him fame in Puerto Rico where he became a mainstream celebrity, having frequent participation in television segments transmitted throughout the archipelago. Due to this, he has attended public celebrations and other activities unrelated to pugilism, including the launch party for TV y Novelas Puerto Rico, a magazine focused in telenovelas. Outside of his own fights, López also attends other boxing cards as a spectator and performed as guest commentator in an event titled Guerra Civil II headlined by a fight between Iván Calderón and Nelson Dieppa. He also participates in charity work, including the WBO's Christmas gift giveaways.[58]

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Preceded by
Daniel Ponce de León
WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
June 7, 2008 – January 23, 2010
Succeeded by
Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr.
Preceded by
Steven Luevano
WBO Featherweight Champion
January 23, 2010 – April 16, 2011
Succeeded by
Orlando Salido
Title last held by
Liam Walsh
WBO Super Featerweight Champion
International title

March 15, 2014 - July 12, 2014
Succeeded by
Francisco Vargas