OMB ENTREGA CORREAS AL EX DOBLE CAMPEÓN MUNDIAL, JUANMA LÓPEZ

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TOA ALTA, PR(04/01/16)– Durante la tarde de hoy en un ambiente íntimo y familiar, la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y su Presidente, Lcdo. Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, le rindieron homenaje al ex doble campeón del mundo, el puertorriqueño Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López, entregándole el cinturón mundial pluma que ganó en el 2010 y el cetro Latino Jr. Pluma que obtuvo en el 2006.  

“Queríamos hacer esta actividad para entregarle el cinturón Latino a Juanma, que no se lo habíamos entregado originalmente, y entregarle un remplazo de una de las fajas mundiales”, mencionó Valcárcel. “Nosotros no queremos que Juanma vuelva a pelear, pero finalmente esa será su decisión. Entendemos que por su inteligencia y al haber sido un doble campeón del mundo, él tiene mucho que aportar al boxeo. El cinturón que él tiene representa la grandeza de lo que él hizo por el deporte, y es esta la razón por la cual le estamos entregando el cinturón”. 

El Campeón Mundial Jr. Ligero, Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez y el monarca Latino Jr. Gallo, David Quijano, entregaron a López las nuevas correas. 

“Estoy bien contento y emocionado con lo que siempre la OMB y ‘Paco’ han hecho por mí”, dijo el ex campeón Jr. pluma y Pluma de la OMB. “La OMB se mantiene trabajando con nosotros los campeones y ex campeones, los jóvenes que vienen subiendo y la comunidad. Para mí es un honor ser parte de la obra que este organismo está haciendo en todo el mundo. Ahora podré tener estos títulos como recuerdo para mis hijos y nietos de los logros que papá pudo obtener 

La actividad fue celebrada en el hogar del Representante y aspirante a la alcaldía del municipio de Toa Alta, Angel ‘Gary’ Rodríguez. 

“Juanma es un campeón que le dio mucha gloria a Puerto Rico y tiene mucho para enseñarle a la juventud”, manifestó Rodríguez, quien es un fiel fanático del boxeo. “Nosotros siempre hemos estado envueltos en el desarrollo del deporte. Queremos que Toa Alta se convierta en la meca del boxeo en Puerto Rico. Hay muchos planes, y sé que la OMB será pieza clave en todos estos planes”.  

En la actividad participaron los ex campeones Angel ‘Cholo’ Espada, Samuel ‘Torbellino’ Serrano, Alex ‘El Nene’ Sánchez, Víctor ‘Luvi‘ Calleja, Iván Calderón y Josué ‘Dickie Camacho, los contendores Jesús Rojas y Víctor Bisbal, los juveniles Ellionil Colón, Sean Díaz y Diomar Figueroa, los entrenadores Félix Pagán Pintor, José García, Alexander Caraballo, Jesús ‘Tongui‘ Ayala y Angel Rosario, los manejadores Orlando Piñero y Margaro Cruz, los jueces Idalia Parra, Nelson Vázquez, Hernando SteidelGerry Martínez y César Ramos, los árbitros José H. Rivera, Melva Santos, el promotor Peter Rivera y el ex Alcalde de Toa Alta Angel ‘Buzo’ Rodríguez. 

Por parte de la OMB estuvo presente el Secretario Ejecutivo Lcdo. José Izquierdo, el Tesorero Adolfo Flores y el Asesor Administrativo Manuel Marrero Hueca. 

Crédito:  Fotos por Víctor Planas

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CON REGALOS Y ALEGRIA, LA OMB LLEVA SU EXITOSO PROGRAMA MUNDIAL “WBO KIDS DRUG FREE” A CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO

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Por:  Jonathan Gaudier / Prensa OMB

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CAGUAS, PR- Solidificando su compromiso con la juventud, la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y su presidente, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, junto a ex campeones mundiales, contendores y prospectos del boxeo puertorriqueño llevaron su exitoso programa mundial “WBO Kids Drug Free”, obsequiando juguetes, bicicletas y equipo deportivo a los niños y jóvenes del Gimnasio José ‘Cheo’ Aponte de Caguas, Puerto Rico.

El presidente de la OMB, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, junto al veterano entrenador y manejador Orlando Piñeiro amenizaron el evento para los presentes.

“Este es un gimnasio de mucha tradición y donde se está trabajando con mucho compromiso para mantener ocupados y enfocados a nuestros niños. Necesitamos personas que pongan sus habilidades al favor de nuestra juventud para motivarlos a seguir estudiando y practicando deporte. Pueden contar siempre con el apoyo de la OMB y nuestro programa ‘WBO Kids Drug Free’ para ayudar a cumplir esa misión”, manifestó el presidente de la OMB, Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel.

 Los niños y jóvenes recibieron regalos y compartieron con el ex doble campeón mundial Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López, los contendores Jonathan ‘Spartacus’ Oquendo, Víctor ‘La Mole’ Bisbal y Jesús Rojas, y los prospectos John Karl Sosa y Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González.

“Apoyar a la juventud que viene subiendo y todavía mejor a los del gimnasio donde me desarrollé, es muy importante para mí. Esa será mi nueva faceta, ayudar a los que vienen subiendo y poder aportar con mi experiencia. La OMB siempre estuvo ahí para mí y yo siempre estaré ahí para ellos”, dijo el ex monarca de la OMB en las 122 y 126 libras, Juan Manuel López.

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Mientras tanto, el  prospecto de las 108 libras, Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González dijo, “Agradecido con la OMB por la gran aportación que hacen con su programa ‘WBO Kids Drug Free’. Es una bendición poder servir de ejemplo a los niños y llevarles el mensaje para que sigan en la escuela y en el gimnasio practicando lo que nos apasiona”.

Además de Valcárcel y los boxeadores, dijeron presente en la actividad, los entrenadores Alex Caraballo, José García, el juez César Ramos, los miembros de la OMB, el Tesorero Adolfo Flores Monge, el Director de Oficiales de la OMB Genaro ‘Gino’ Rodríguez y el árbitro José H. Rivera.

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Garcia-Lopez officials named

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World Boxing Organization (WBO) President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the officials who will work this Saturday’s featherweight world title fight between the champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia and former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, to be held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The referee will be Rafael Ramos (Texas), judges are Levi Martinez (New Mexico), Javier Alvarez (Texas), and Oren Shellenberger (Texas). The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Rafael López Santos.

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Free of bruises, Juanma training hard for Garcia clash

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Free of the bruises on his face, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, continue his hard work for his challenge against the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia to be held on June 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, in a Top Rank presentation, to be broadcast on HBO. The former two time world champion, Juanma Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), who is ranked #4 by the WBO in the featherweights, will travel to Dallas on Monday, June 10, along with his manager Orlando Piñero, and his trainers Alex Caraballo and Freddy Trinidad.

“Juanma is training hard for the fight and better without the bruises on his face”, said Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions Vice-President, about the bruises Juanma Lopez had on his face when he fell some weeks ago during track training. “He is working to make the weight and to get in a good shape and condition for Mikey Garcia.”

Also in action at the American Airlines Center, Puerto Rican prospect John Karl Sosa (7-0, 5 KOs), recently signed by Top Rank, will make his international debut againste Alexis Peña (7-2, 5 KOs) in a fight scheduled for six rounds in the junior welterweight division.

Sosa trains at the Jose “Cheo” Aponte Gym in Caguas along with Juanma Lopez, Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez and other contenders and prospects.

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Garcia Says Juanma Can Get a War if He Wants One

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By Ronnie Nathanielsz –

Trainer Robert Garcia, the former world champion says younger brother and reigning WBO world featherweight champion Miguel “Mikey” Garcia is ready for war against former champion Juan Manuel “Juanma Lopez” of Puerto Rico in their June 15 battle in Dallas, Texas.

Garcia told BoxingScene.com/Manila Standard – “I cant promise you it will be a war because Mikey doesn’t fight wars. He fights a smart, technical fight. But if he (Juanma) wants a war we’ll be ready like we were ready for (Orlando) Salido” from whom Garcia won the title.

The trainer said – “if it turns out into a war we’ll be ready fore what Juanma brings but I think it will be a very technical fight by Mikey.” Garcia told us he expects Juanma to try and push Mikey around but indicated they are prepared for that just like they were prepared for a similar strategy by Salido.

Garcia pointed out that Mikey “fought very smart and controlled the fight and it was very easy. We are prepared to do the same against Juanma.”

However, Garcia conceded that Juanma Lopez “is a left hander with tremendopus power so we have to be careful and fight smart, but we expect Mikey to win.”

He said Mikey has been doing “really good work in sparring with two main guys and three others.” One of his sparring partners is from Argentina while the other is 2012 US Olympian Joseph Diaz Jr. who was the US National featherweight champion at the US Olympic training center in Colorado.

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Interview: Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez

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By Jeff Zimmerman –

Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight and featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico discusses his June 15 showdown with undefeated WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, California . Their HBO-televised collision will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

How do you feel coming into this fight?
I feel really good; I have good preparation for this type of fight.

Stepping in against Garcia after tough losses to Salido
It’s all about styles and I think are styles are going to match and I have a great opponent.

Are you going to try and knock him out?
We are going to go hard, pressure him, pressure him and if the knock comes or 12 rounds, we got to be prepared everyday.

On leaving Puerto Rico for training to stay focused which has been an issue in the past
It is difficult to leave Puerto Rico, we have talked about it before, going to Big Bear, going to other places to train, but you know what, I love my kids and I get to see them all the time, I can’t see myself leaving them for a long period of time.

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Photos: Juanma is Bruised Up During 30-Day Weigh-In

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CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO – Former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez is completely focused in his next fight against the World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia on June 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas in a Top Rank presentation to be broadcast on HBO.

Juanma Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), who is ranked #4 by the WBO in the featherweights, weighed today at 138 pounds of a 144.9 pounds maximum, as part of the Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Comission 30- day pre weigh-in.

“We are working to make the weight and to get the best condition. Our goal was to make 139 pounds today and we made 138, it’s so good”, said Lopez, who was going to train after the pre weigh in. “We are one month before the fight and I’m feeling very good with the training. As we made two fights (in February and April) this year, I kept in the gym all the time. We want to be in 131 or 132 pounds next week and work with that weight for the finals weeks, but I’m so good, eating good and in a good mood”.

Lopez, who come off two KO wins in February and April, 2013, over Aldimar Silva Santos and Eugenio Lopez, respectively, has a bruise on his face because he fell yesterday during his morning workout.

“In a reaction work with the medicine ball, I slipped on the on the wet race track and fell, unbeleivable, that’s the first time in my career”, said Lopez laughing.

Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) come off a spectacular win over Orlando Salido to win the WBO featherweight belt on January 19, when he sent Salido four times to the canvas. Garcia won by technical decision in nine rounds when he hurted his nose after an accidental headbutt and didn’t continue the fight.

“I think that styles make the fights and I know that the style of Mikey Garcia is good for me. We are working in it, but also for anything he brings”, said Lopez.

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