Facing a career ending loss, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-3, 31 KOs) picked himself off the canvas to stop rival Daniel Ponce de Leon (45-6, 35 KOs) in round two in a wild slugfest at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
This was the second time the former champions have met. Lopez, 30, had blitzed Ponce de Leon five years ago in the opening stanza. The conventional thinking was that the older Ponce de Leon, 33, was the younger fighter. When last seen in the ring, Lopez took a fearful beating from Mikey Garcia before being stopped in round four.
The fight started fast.