The former double World Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (35-5, 32KO’s) came to a promotional agreement with Empire Boxing Promotions en route to his bout on Saturday, September 30th at the Coliseo Rafael G. Amalbert of Juncos, Puerto Rico.
Lopez will clash against Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (25-4-1, 17KO’s) for the International Championship (130 lbs) of the World Boxing Council (WBC).
“Both myself, as my partner Jose ‘Pepe’ Llama, we are very pleased to have been able to add to our family to a great figure of Puerto Rican and boxing world as it is Juanma Lopez,” the President of Empire Boxing Promotions, Manuel ‘Quique said.
Roman, who managed to close an economic agreement with Black Tiger Promotions to acquire the contract Lopez. “My relationship with Juanma is one of more than 10 years. I have always believed in him and I know that we have many important things to do in boxing. They can ensure that this is the beginning of a new resurgence in the career of Juanma Lopez “.
Lopez, who ruled in divisions at (122 pounds) and (126 lbs), is confident that this new agreement can touch the top of the division.
“I’m excited about this new opportunity and have managed to get this deal with my brother, Quique Roman, and a great sportsman as Pepe Llama is to integrate Empire Boxing Promotions,” said the tough southpaw puncher.
“Many have commented, many have doubted, many have criticized, but there are always real people who believe in what we can give. I know I’m in good hands. I come with a new air, hungry, with set goals and eager to get back what once was mine. I know my fan base is still there and will continue to support me . Those who do not believe in me, I invite you to make an appointment on September 30 in Juncos, they will dedicate my victory.”
Last October, Lopez ended a two – year inactivity, destroying eleven episodes former world champion Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr. in action held at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.