Juan Manuel Lopez
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Talented, undefeated 122-pound southpaw Juan Manuel Lopez registered an impressive sixth-round TKO over game but outclassed Cuauhtemoc Vargas. Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
PHOENIX – Looking more and more like a genuine contender than a prospect, undefeated southpaw Juan Manuel Lopez scored an impressive, one-sided sixth-round TKO over Cuauhtemoc Vargas in Friday’s main event on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
The co-feature between Victor Ortiz and Manuel Cordova ended in a bizarre first-round technical draw. A match that appeared to have the makings of a terrific shootout was stopped due to a severe cut suffered by Ortiz from an inadvertent elbow by Cordova during the final 10 seconds of the session.
Cordova, who was headed to the mat after a slip, caught Ortiz on the way down with an accidental elbow high on the forehead near his scalp above his right eye. It was not clear to the naked eye what had caused the severe laceration, but television replays confirmed it was an elbow.
Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc., promoted the doubleheader from the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Ariz. It aired on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Lopez (15-0, 13 KOs), who was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and resides in Caguas, P.R., was making his first start in three and a half months. The World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 6 and World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 9 super bantamweight contender showed no signs of ring rust, however, following the longest layoff of his career.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
NEW YORK – The philosophy of the popular Showtime boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation” is simple: to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing young fighters determined to fight for a world title. Since its inception in July 2001, several “ShoBox” alums not only have challenged for, but won world titles, among them: Leonard Dorin, Scott Harrison, Juan Diaz, Jeff Lacy, Ricky Hatton, Robert Guerrero, Eric Aiken, Juan Urango, David Diaz (interim), and Kermit Cintron.
By many accounts, fans may be witnessing two more future world champions when Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz co-headline the Friday, Jan. 19 edition of “ShoBox”.
Like the rapid-fire punches the southpaws so eloquently and devastatingly deliver, the accolades have come fast and furiously for Top Rank Inc.‘s pair of prolific prized prospects.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Four talented, promising prospects with a combined record of 57-2-1 with 41 KO’s and a 95 percent winning percentage will be featured on an excellent “ShoBox: The New Generation” doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 19, 2007, on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
In the 12-round main event, undefeated, 23-year-old, hard-hitting southpaw junior featherweight Juan Manuel Lopez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico, gets what could be the toughest test of his career when he faces once-beaten, 22-year-old Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-1-1, 10 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., by way of Mexico City.
In the 10-round co-feature, once-beaten, 19-year-old left-hander Victor Ortiz (16-1, 11 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., will be opposed by undefeated 21-year-old Marvin Cordova Jr. (12-0, 8 KOs) of LaJunta, Colo., in a super lightweight encounter.
Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc, will promote the twinbill at The Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.