A fifth stoppage defeat in nine fights is set to cut short the career of former two-weight world champion Juan Manuel Lopez, according to reports from his home country.
The 31 year-old, who held super-bantamweight and featherweight titles with the WBO from 2008 to 2011, lost via a crushing second round knockout to Jesus Cuellar last Thursday night and now looks likely to step away from the sport.
‘Juanma’ was challenging for the interim WBA featherweight championship on the undercard of Luis Ortiz’s impressive win over Lateef Kayode in Las Vegas, when Cuellar stunned the Puerto Rican midway through the second session to wipe out what was a decent first round for Lopez.
The southpaw is ready to make an announcement regarding his future in the coming days as Lopez’s family plead with the fighter to hang up his gloves and try his hand at an alternative career.
“There is 90% chance for me to retire, but I am Analyzing everything. I’ll meet with my team to see what my future plans are. Then there will be an official announcement made on whether I will retire or not,” Lopez told Metro.pr.
“My kids do not fight I want more and that’s what weighs most of my mind,” he added.
Lopez would finish with a 34-5, 31 KO record if he does decide to leave the pro ranks, although of all five of his reverses, most were not easy on the eye.
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