Late Breaking

Juan Manuel Lopez to return February 2nd in Puerto Rico

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Former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez will return to the ring against an opponent to be named on February 2nd in Puerto Rico according to Dan Rafael of espn.com

“I’ve been training since August and I feel in good shape for my comeback,” Lopez said. “I will fight in another division, but the featherweights should know that I’m not out of that division. I’m going to fight in the junior lightweights in my return bout and I’m going to see what happens.”

In mid-November, Henry Neumann, Puerto Rico’s secretary of sports and recreation, ended Lopez’s suspension.

“Juanma Lopez can continue his career starting today,” Neumann said at the time. “Practically, this is a pardon, taking into consideration Juanma’s career as an amateur and professional. Juanma has been an example, serving his community work and adding the forgiveness of the referee.”

“I learned a lot from this experience,” Lopez said. “I feel so good because I can fight again and continue my career. This is my sport, but is my job too.”