Juan Manuel Lopez vs Steven Luevano

HBO Boxing After Dark | Lopez KOs Luevano to Become New WBO Featherweight Champ

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Juan Manuel Lopez vs Steven Luevano

In the January 23, 2010 edition of HBO Boxing After Dark, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez moves up in weight to challenge Steven Luevano’s WBO Featherweight Championship belt.

This 12-round bout will be held at the Wamu Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York, USA.

Luevano is a Mexican-American boxer with a record of 37 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. Of his 37 wins, only 15 are by KO which indicates that he is more of a boxer than a puncher. This will be Luevano’s sixth title defense of his crown he won from Nicky Cook on July 14, 2007.

In Luevano’s last fight, he won a very ugly bout against Filipino Bernabe Conception when the latter was disqualified when he landed late blows after the bell at the end of the seventh round.

Lopez is an undefeated boxer who hails from Puerto Rico. He has won 27 bouts and 24 of them are by knockout. That’s an impressive 89%, a testament to how powerful and dangerous he is. In fact, he got his WBO Super Bantamweight Championship belt from Daniel Ponce de Leon by sending the champion to the canvas twice in the 1st Round and won via 1st Round TKO.

In his first title defense against Cesar Figueroa, he knocked out the challenger in only 47 seconds which was marked as the fifth fastest knockout victory in a title fight.

Here are highlights from Juan Manuel Lopez’ career:

Here in the Philippines, ABS-CBN will air the Juan Manuel Lopez vs Steven Luevano bout on Sunday, January 24.


UPDATE: Lopez KOs Luevano in Round 7 to become the new WBO Featherweight Champion!

Here’s the Juan Manuel Lopez vs Steven Luevano bout video of the fight:

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