Juan Manuel Lopez vs Mike Oliver KO - Round 2
Former WBO featherweight titleholder Juan Manuel Lopez scored two knockdowns over fellow southpaw Mike Oliver in the first round and another in the second before referee Robert Ramirez waved an end to the bout at the 2:32 mark, giving the partisan fans at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico exactly what they wanted Saturday night.
The 28-year-old Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) had an easy time with the 31-year-old Oliver (25-3, 8 KOs), who had won four straight fights since losing by third-round knockout to both Reynaldo Lopez and Antonio Escalante in May and October of 2008, respectively.
The win represents a comeback for Lopez after losing his title to Orlando Salido (36-11-2, 24 KOs) of Mexico in his last fight.
Lopez spoke to RingTV.com from ringside through Top Rank Inc. translator Ricardo Jiminez.
"I knew when I knocked [Oliver] down with the jab that I was a lot stronger, so that's when I just decided to go after him with both hands," said Lopez, whose loss to Salido also took place at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez.
"The crowd was great. I feel very happy. We wanted to get a quick win, and that's what we were able to do tonight."
A proposed fall rematch between Salido and Lopez was pushed back and will likely take place in January or February, if not the first quarter of next year.
Salido, who is coming off an 11-round knockout of Japan's Kenichi Yamaguchi last month, could take a bout either in October or November.
"I just want to win a world championship, you know? I just want to fight for a title in my next fight," said Lopez. "Obviously, I would like for that to be against Salido, but whoever my promotional company decides, that's who I'll fight. It doesn't matter who it is."