Sergio Medina (33-1, 18KOs) is not feeling the pressure of facing hard-punching WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (23-0, 21KOs) on the undercard to the Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Medina respects Lopez and knows the fight will be tough, but he plans to upset the odds by capturing the title.
"Lopez deserves respect for being the champion. I know this is going to be a hard war, but I am going to rise to the occasion when I step in the ring and win. I am not afraid of Juan Manuel and I am determined to take his place," Medina said to Primera Hora. "To win the title is something that I deserve for all of the years of sacrifice and I am going to take advantage of the oppotunity that has been given to me."
Medina has one loss on his record, by way of decision to Rey Bautista from last May. Medina, who hails from Argentina, does have Mexican roots and wants to avenge all of the Mexican fighters that Lopez has knocked out over the last year.
"I have the experience and I love to fight. I am the type of boxer who is going to work. They have never really hit Lopez, but we will see what happens when I touch him with my right hand," Medina said. "I've always wanted to be champion, not only for me but for my wife and son. I have Mexican blood in my veins and in this fight - I will get revenge for the Mexicans that Lopez has knocked out."