Thursday night, December 3, Denver light welterweight Manuel Damairias Lopez (9-1, 5KO’s), or as his fans know him, ‘Manny Lo’, will be in Costa Mesa, California, at The Hangar, for a scheduled for 6 rounds bout against unbeaten Kevin Watts (9-0, 3KOs) on the undercard of a Roy Englebrecht Promotions fight card.
In early October, ‘Manny Lo’ was invited to join the camp of welterweight title holder Timothy Bradley, Jr. in preparation for Bradley’s November 7 bout against Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Close friend and Lopez confidant Chris Maclean-Maestas orchestrated the Bradley invite and the Palm Springs, California, experience was one ‘Manny Lo’ will never forget. “The camp was awesome”, began Lopez, “everything was totally professional. There was no music played in the gym and a strict training regimen adhered to daily. The overall experience was priceless. Teddy Atlas commanded respect from everyone and he was strictly business in the gym. He gave me directions as to what he wanted and that’s the way it was. The love shown us (Lopez and Maclean-Maestas) was more than I could’ve imagined. I’m forever thankful for the experience”. Bradley went on to stop Rios by way of an impressive ninth round TKO win, while Lopez has been chomping at the bit for some serious fight action of his own.
Recently signed to a fight promotions agreement by A-Game Sports & Talent Management (Alan White), Manuel Lopez is quite comfortable with what the company has offered and he see’s their agreement as beneficial. A-Game Sports is responsible for the careers of several professional athletes playing football and basketball including a few Denver area boxer’s including female bantamweight Kirstie ‘Kris Kros’ Simmons and light heavyweight ‘Dynamite’ Donald Cobb, Jr.
Preparing for this Kevin Watts fight has reunited Lopez with previous trainer and good friend Shann Vilhauer (Delgado’s Boxing). The two have always been on the same page, Vilhauer more than happy to help prepare ‘Manny Lo’ for the upcoming challenge. The 25 years-old and 5’8” tall Manuel Lopez is unconcerned with the abilities of the 5’10” tall Kevin Watts, Lopez knowing what he must do to win this fight and he is totally prepared. “We could find nothing on Watts and it really doesn’t matter”, began ‘Manny Lo’, “He has what, 3KO’s? That’s all I needed to know. My last time in California was a defeat that I fully accept but it won’t ever happen again. My plan is to do what I do, and that will be to put on an impressive performance and come home with the win on Thursday night”.
Moving forward to the national spotlight for the second time, the first being on the undercard of the Mike Alvarado vs Ruslan Provodnikov WBO World super lightweight title bout held October 19, 2013, at the 1ST BANK Center in Broomfield and televised on HBO, Manuel Damairias Lopez well remembers that feeling. This Thursday’s victory should allow ‘Manny Lo’ to once again be considered a serious light welterweight contender, this opportunity he won’t let escape.
To catch the Lopez vs Watts fight LIVE, go to your Instagram account and download the app, “Periscope”. The card will begin at 4PM CST, that’s 5PM MST. Lopez vs Watts is the 8th bout, that probably meaning a Denver start time of around 7PM. You can follow Manuel D. Lopez via Facebook: Manuel ‘Manny Lo’ Lopez, Twitter: @manny_lo_ and Instagram: manny_lo_