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Lopez-Santos on 2/2 in Puerto Rico; Greene vs. Odom



Former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez had a media day today where he showed his great condition in his training for his return to the ring against Aldimar Silva Santos on February 2, 2013, at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be broadcasted on DIRECTV Pay Per View.

“I’m totally in focus for this fight because I’m going to show that I have a lot of boxing to become a world champion again”, Lopez said before his training at the Jose “Cheo” Aponte Gym in Caguas. “I’ve been training since August, training hard with my team (Alex Caraballo and Orlando Piñero) at the Cheo Aponte Gym and with Freddy Trinidad in the Caimito Gym, where we are working in something new”.

Although Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) didn’t have to weighed in the pre-weigh in ceremony today, he did it in front of the media and weighed in 139 ½ pounds a month before his today’s training for his bout against Silva Santos. Lopez worked today in some exercises, shadows, jump the rope, hit the punching bag and did some rounds of gloves with trainer Trinidad when he practiced defensive moves.

“I weighed here to see that I’m working hard and focus”, a relaxed Lopez said.

About the Brazilian Silva Santos (18-3, 9 KOs), who fought last December 29, 2012, winning a six round decision over fellow countryman Rodolfo Franz in Brazil, Lopez said that he doesn’t know much of him.

“I just know that he (Silva Santos) is right and has fast hands”, Lopez said.

The Lopez-Silva Santos bout is scheduled to 10 rounds in 128 pounds. Actually, Lopez is ranked #5 by the WBO in the featherweight division.

Meanwhile, the Puerto Rico Boxing Comission made the 30 day weigh in for Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, McWilliams Arroyo, McJoe Arroyo and Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, who will fight for regional titles in the show. These fighters can‘t weigh more than 15% of the weight for their fights.

The #1 WBO ranked in the lightweights, Chelo Gonzalez (21-0, 16 KOs), who is going to defend his WBO Latino lightweight title against a foe to be announced, weighed 154.5 pounds of a 155.25 maximum allowed. McWilliams Arroyo (13-1, 11 KOs), the #6 WBO ranked in the flyweights, also will defend his WBO Latino flyweight belt versus a rival to be determined. McWilliams weighed 118 ½ pounds of a 128.8 limit.

McJoe Arroyo (11-0, 6 KOs), the #9 WBO ranked in the super flyweights, will fight for the WBO super flyweight Latino crown against a foe to be named. McJoe weighed 123 pounds of a 132.25 maximum and Bomba Gonzalez (11-0, 10 KOs), who is the #12 WBO ranked in the flyweights and will defend his WBO Youth flyweight title, weighed 130 pounds of a 128.8 maximum.

Joe Greene vs. Calvin Odom on January 10th

WOODHAVEN, NY (January 3, 2013)—Welterweight contender Joe Greene will Headline a big night of boxing on Thursday January 10th at the Cordon Bleu in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York.

Greene of the nearby Jamaica section of Queens will take on Calvin Odom in the eight round main event promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions.

In the four round co-feature, former amateur standout Antoine Douglas will see action against

Greene (24-1, 16 KO’s) won his first twenty-two bouts which included wins over Edson Aguirre, Darryl Salmon (16-1), Francisco Mora (52-12) and Jose Miguel Torres (20-3) before dropping a close decision to former U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan at famed Yankee Stadium.

Since his lone defeat, Greene has two victories which includes an eighth round stoppage over Nathan Bedwell on January 28th, 2012.

Odom of Inglewood, California has a record of 15-12 with eleven knockouts has faced top competition and has quality wins over Juan Gil (2-0), Jose Luis Zertuche (5-0-1), Glenn Corbus (17-4-1), Roberto Garcia (13-0) and Luciano Perez (13-3-1). He is coming off a eight round defeat to Tony Harrison (8-0) on July 27th.

Douglas of Washington, D.C. has a record of 2-0 with both wins coming via stoppage which includes he last outing when he stopped Carlos Lopez on November 10th.

Douglas compiled an amateur record of 85-30 and was a National PAL Champion, 2009 Jr. Olympic Champion as well as a Ringside World champion and. placing third in the Olympic trials. He is managed by Bill Mielnicki and Kay Korona and with promoter Greg Cohen.

The Pro-Am show will also feature top amateurs Gary Beriguette and 10 year-old sensation Sharlone Nelson

Ticket Prices are $125 (VIP with Dinner) and $40 (General Admission) and can be purchased at the Elite Heat Boxing Gym (130 Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Newark, NJ).

The doors open at 6pm with first bell at 7:30 pm