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Head to head: Lopez vs. Concepcion
JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ vs. BERNABE CONCEPCION
When: Saturday, July 10
Where: Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, P.R.
TV: HBO, 9 pm. ET (live) / PT (delayed)
Weight: Featherweight (126 pounds)
Title(s) at stake: Lopez’s featherweight title (first defense)
Also on the card: Nonito Donaire vs. Hernan Marquez, 12 rounds, junior bantamweight; Eden Sonsona vs. Jonathan Oquendo, 10 rounds, bantamweights.
Height / reach: 5-7 (170cm) / 69 (175cm)
Hometown: Caguas, P.R.
Turned pro: 2005
Record: 28-0 (25 knockouts)
Trainer: Alex Caraballo
Fight-by-fight: Fight-by-fight: Fight-by-fight:
The Ring rating: No. 2 featherweight
Titles: WB0 junior featherweight (2008-10; vacated); WBO featherweight (2010-current)
Biggest victories: Daniel Ponce de Leon, June 7, 2008, TKO 1 (won junior featherweight title); Gerry Penalosa, April 25, 2009, TKO 10; Rogers Mtagwa, Oct. 10, 2009, UD 12; Steven Luevano, Jan. 23, 2010, TKO 7.
Height / Reach: 5-4 (163cm) / 66 (168cm)
Hometown: Binangonan, Rizal, Philippines
Nickname: The Real Deal
Turned pro: 2004
Record: 28-3-1 (15 knockouts)
Trainer: Buboy Fernandez
The Ring rating: No. 6 featherweight
Biggest victories: Benjamin Flores, April 14, 2007, UD 10 (first fight in U.S.; youth title); Adam Carrera, July 26, 2008, TKO 3; Gabriel Elizondo, Aug. 4, 2007, TKO 4; Mario Santiago, Feb. 13, 2010, UD 10 (most-recent fight).
Losses: Richard Garcia, April 23, 2004, MD 6 (third career fight); Mark Sales, March 5, 2005, MD 10; Steven Luevano, Aug. 15, 2009, DQ 7 (hit Luevano after bell).