We understand why Juan Manuel Lopez was pumped after he had bludgeoned Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. to an eleventh round defeat on Saturday night.
First off, it was Juanma’s first win in some 31 months and the two defeats that populated the interim came by way of brutal stoppages that had most crying for the former two-weight titlist to retire. Secondly, Lopez’s victory was over a fellow Puerto Rican and played out in front of a raucous San Juan crowd.
Such a concoction of adrenaline-stimulating factors would inspire just about anyone to charge headlong into the opposition corner and slam a left-hook into the nearest onlooker’s jaw.
Well, maybe not. But that is what Lopez decided to do.
While Lopez halted a two-fight skid with this TKO win, Vazquez Jr. lost his third in a row. It was also his seventh defeat in eleven fights. However, despite this torrid run, it was the 32-year-old’s first stoppage loss since Mexican warmonger Jorge Arce put him away in the 12th round of a cracking battle back in 2011.