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Juan Manuel Lopez to rematch Albert Rivera for charity

Both men were hit with suspensions by Puerto Rico’s boxing commission

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One of boxing’s wildest moments of 2016 came when former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez knocked out rival Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and, seconds later, traded punches with the latter’s trainer, Albert Rivera. Their antics earned the pair a suspension, but they’ve decided to channel that ill will in a positive direction, headlining a March 17th charity event in San Juan.

The card will also feature former world title challenger Orlando Cruz and recent Terrell Gausha victim Luis Hernandez. The press release, which is not translated all that well, says that Hernandez will be facing “Yeye Raymond and Friends,” which I dearly hope means it’ll be a one-vs.-many melee.

Lopez (35-5, 32 KO) is 2-3 in his last five, all of them ending inside the distance. Rivera (0-0, 0 KO) gave a pretty good account of himself in their five-second exchange, including a nasty counter left as Juanma waded in, so this could be interesting.

At least they didn’t decide to let this one marinate.

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