Juanma now says that Concepcion didn’t want to fight him
In an pathetic attempt to justify team Juanma Lopez’ handpicking of Olivier Lontchi for the WBO Champion’s first defense, they floated some names that allegedly were scared to fight him. The list includes Gerry Penalosa victim Johnny Gonzalez, Ponce de Leon victims Boom Boom Bautista and Sod Looknongyangtoy and Bernabe Concepcion.
“The truth is that nobody of the top ten in my division wants to fight me.” – Juanma Lopez
This is quite interesting because Bernabe Concepcion already personally said in a past interview (video is still in youtube) that he looks forward to meeting Juanma Lopez in the ring. Remember Juanma Lopez already ducked Concepcion before, opting to fight less dangerous Oquendo so as not to derail his date with Ponce De Leon. Arum even talked about the fight in an interview (still available on youtube) only to find out that team Juanma Lopez made a deal with GBP (apparently without Arum knowing) that team Lopez chose to fight Oquendo in Puerto Rico instead.
IF it is true that a challenge was indeed given to team Concepcion, It is very doubtful that Pacman, Jaro et al turned it down. Concepcion’s management save for Roach who has reservations about Concepcion facing Lopez all believe that he is ready for a title shot, but Roach’s reservation stems more from Concepcion’s being untested in his fights more than anything else – Concepcion only fought as a Roach pupil in two fights and they all ended early. Interestingly, it is Roach who is confident on Concepcion jumping one division higher and challenging for bigger Steven Luevano’s WBO title.
If this is team Juanma Lopez’ way of regaining their ward’s lost manhood for ducking Concepcion before, it just won’t work. Masking their allegations in spanish and posting it in spanish speaking websites won’t change the fact that; one, Juanma ducked Concepcion and two, there WASN’T ANY CHALLENGE or even a FEELER sent to team Concepcion for a title shot. Olivier Lontchi may seem like a credible challenge for Juanma Lopez, but no way is Lontchi more dangerous than Concepcion or Bautista or even a Sod Looknongyangtoy. The Canadian barely escaped in his last fight, being knocked down in the first round and pummeled post to post in much of the early rounds by a fighter handpicked by Lontchi’s team to pad Olivier’s record. How the hometown judges saw that fight as a draw is beyond me.
Juanma Lopez and Abe Concepcion will meet in the near future, there’s no denying that, but team Lopez’ incredulous claims of Concepcion being scared of Lopez is nothing short of pathetic. Dream on.