Reigning WBO super bantamweight king Juan Manuel Lopez lambasted potential opponent, bantamweight champ Gerry Penalosa of the Philippines, for reportedly asking for too much money in the challenge against him.
“Penalosa dared to say that I’m running from him, but if I wanted to fight him tomorrow, I have no doubt I will knock him out,” Lopez said in a SportsNews.ph report.
Lopez made the statement when interviewed by Puerto Rican paper Primera Hora. In the report, the undefeated fighter claimed Peñalosa is asking for $250,000 to move up in weight and vie for his crown.
“Peñalosa dared to say that I’m running from him, but if I wanted to fight him tomorrow, I have no doubt I will knock him out,” said Lopez.
The Filipino boxer, who holds the WBO bantamweight crown, sought a fight against “Juanma” after Mexican opponent Abner Mares was sidelined with an eye injury.
Peñalosa was supposed to fight in the undercard of the “Dream Match” between Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya on December 6.
“I heard Lopez wants to fight on the December 6 card so I told Billy Keane (Peñalosa’s American manger) why not challenge him?” he said.
Peñalosa last fought as a bantamweight, defending his WBO crown against Thai Ratanachai Sor Vorapin.
Lopez, on the other hand, recently defended his title against Mexican Cesar Figueroa last weekend.
The Puerto Rican snatched the title from Daniel Ponce de Leon via a first round knock out.
Peñalosa, meanwhile, lost in his lone super bantamweight venture to Ponce de Leon via a controversial 12-round decision in a WBO title fight in March last year.