WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez, 26-0 (24), came out to DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing last Wednesday night and generously took the time to speak with SaddoBoxing.
From Caguas, Puerto Rico, the 26 year old southpaw will be defending his belt the fifth time on October 10 at Madison Square Garden, meeting the challenge of Rogers Mtagwa 26-12-2 (18).
SaddoBoxing: You are approaching your fifth title defense in October. How is the preparation going?
Juan Manuel Lopez: I've been training in Puerto Rico. I run at night because the fight usually takes place later on in the evening. And I box midday through the afternoon.
SB: That's the physical aspect; how do you mentally prepare?
JML: Well, to me it is just another day in the office. Training hard keeps me focused.
SB: I know a lot of boxers want to challenge you. Who is the latest in particular?
JML: Celestino Caballero, the IBF and WBA super bantamweight champion.
SB: What can your fans and viewers look forward to?
JML: I thank my fans and will bring them a great fight as always. I comes to perform. I will be in tip top shape when I meet my opponent in New York City on October 10th!
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