24.06.07 - By Scott Frake: WBO Latino Super Bantamweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (18-0, 16 KO’s) destroyed Brazilian Giovanni Andrade (54-11, 44 KO’s) tonight, halting him in the 1st round of a scheduled 12-round bout at the Coliseo Jose’ Miguel Agrelot, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez, 23, and one of the newest stars in boxing, never really got a chance to get warmed up against Andrade, since the fight was over in an instant. In the first couple of minutes of the round, Lopez stalked Andrade, 37, who appeared to want no part of Lopez.
Article posted on 24.06.2007
Mostly using his left hand to due most of the damage, Lopez probed Andrade’s defense, looking for openings that he could take advantage of.
He didn’t have to wait for long, as it turns out. Suddenly a couple minutes into the round, Andrade put his arms out to his sides, and made what appeared to be a mocking gesture at Lopez, as if to suggest that he wanted to mix it up. Wasting no time at the invitation, Lopez ducked a wild left hand by Andrade, and then spun him around and landed a left hook to Andrade’s face, followed closely by a right hook to the back of his head, which sent Andrade to the canvas.
For good measure, Lopez landed a left hook while Andrade was on his knees, though the punch wasn’t needed, seeing that Andrade was in bad shape from the first two blows. In point of fact, the first blow – the left hook – is what hurt Andrade, and had him already falling face first before Lopez added the right hand and left hook for the finishing touch. Andrade made it up, but then staggered to the ropes, falling into them. The referee, seeing that he was not fit to continue fighting, waved off the fight. Andrade then continued staggering around the ring, bumping into a camera and one of the trainers and looking very upset at the stoppage. Somehow, it seemed rather odd, considering that he’d already been beaten 10 times previous to this bout, by much lesser fighters than Lopez. It would seem that he would have gotten used to losing by now. Whatever, the case, Lopez made it easy in his first title defense.