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And the Concepcion-Lopez plot thickens…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2008 by scholarwarrior

Sports writer/columnist/commentator/analyst par excellance Ronnie Nathanielsz joins the fray, giving us a glimpse of another TOPRANK-GBP tug-o-war. This time as to who really is telling the truth about Juanma Lopez’ fight schedule. Here’s Sir Ronnie’s article.

The article also confirms my earlier post at philboxing forum about Salven Lagumbay’s “breaking news” (of course Philboxing deleted the thread), on the cancellation of the Concepcion-Lopez fight, information which he though Jaro got directly from Arum. He even got the replacement boxer’s name wrong. Honest mistake really, Salven Lagumbay’s a good man and a real lover of the sport, I think Jaro just failed to tell Lagumbay that he got the info from Dennis Principe’s interview with Arum that same morning.

Anyway, back to the tug-o-war, GBP gets into the mix defending Lopez’ withdrawal, chickening out, backing out, ducking whatever you want to call it, in his scheduled match with Concepcion. Adding that a fight with GBP-boy Oquendo, was already scheduled earlier and that Lopez’ management wasn’t aware of any scheduled fight with Concepcion. So in this regard, Lopez didn’t chicken out, he HAD PRIOR COMMITMENTS. What a spin! Is Golden Boy telling us that the Lopez’ fight with whomever was just finalized a couple of days ago and that the fighters only have a month to train for it? Lopez needs a win to secure a possible title shot a Daniel Ponce De Leon; he can’t just train for a month, no way! I’m sure Lopez’ management would have been informed by GBP or Arum much earlier about possible opponents so they can’t say that until today, Arum didn’t inform them about a possible match with Concepcion.

I don’t think Lopez’ manager Peter Rivera could deny the fact that as early as the November his fighter’s schedule was posted in already (pending changes) and that even Bob Arum in an interview confirmed that Lopez is indeed fighting Concepcion. So there was at least some sort of negotiation happening so Rivera can not say that he “wasn’t informed”. Arum co-manages Lopez with Rivera for chrissake how could he not know that Arum is cooking something up for his fighter and vise-versa?

GBP could spin this all they want but they can never deny the fact that the Lopez-Concepcion fight was published and scheduled (to the point that appeared on and that for some reason, with a month to go before the fight Lopez “backs out”. Here’s what I think is happening here. GBP manages champ Daniel Ponce De Leon and a crack at de Leon’s WBO belt is what GBP dangled Rivera and Lopez. Of course on the other side, Rivera and Arum sets up a fall-back schedule – a fight with Bernabe Concepcion, just in case GBP and the Lopez camp fail to agree on certain terms and conditions. Then finally GBP and the Lopez camp come into terms, Arum OKs the deal and looks forward to another PPV co-promotion with GBP later this year. Concepcion on the other hand still gets his fight and his paycheck and another sure win under a decent card in Mexico. Everybody gets what they want, everybody goes home happy. But the Juanma Lopez fight-withdrawal just got too much attention, and Juanma is now painted as some fast-food bird. GBP has to do something and such statement, like the one that Sir Ronnie wrote bout, (however absurd), is I believe necessary on the part of GBP.

Fact remains, Juanma Lopez chickened out because he’s scared to lose his chance at Daniel Ponce de Leon. Bok bok bok…. 



Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2008 by scholarwarrior


Just like I said yesterday in my blog, Philboxing confirms it (though boxrec doesn’t have it in their schedules yet) that Concepcion will now be facing Heriberto Ruiz in the guy’s hometurf in Mexico, here’s the Philboxing article.

Now, who is this Heriberto Ruiz? He was a former Mexican flyweight champ, who’s currently campaigning in the bantamweight division. He suffered his first KO loss in an IBF bantamweight title match against Rafael Marquez, hasn’t held any belt outside Mexico because he apparently chokes during title fights as his three attempts at a title shot (including an IBF bantam title eliminator) ended up in losses – two of which was by KO.

Ruiz now goes up one division higher hoping to get his first international belt. Let me be the first to tell you, HE ISN’T GOING TO GET HIS FIRST TITLE. Most of his wins were against upstarts with single digit win records and even if Ruiz is in his hometurf, I don’t think he can fashion out a win against Concepcion. This is Arum’s way of drumming up the Marquez-Pacquiao rematch – by adding fuel to the Fil-Mex rivalry. This would be a good work-out for Abe though, and he could actually try to out-do Rafa Marquez by knocking out this guy within three rounds.

Bernabe Concepcion vs. Heriberto Ruiz will apparently be part of a triple-header match on February 9, 2008 at Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. The event will feature Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Jose Celaya (since JCJR’s fight with Alfonso Gomez didn’t push through) and the highly anticipated Jorge Arce vs. Martin Castillo bout, which is still not final, though the WBC in its Manila convention did confirm it as the final elimination bout in the super flyweight division. Let’s just hope no other fighter chickens out.