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Juan Antonio Lopez sets his eyes on becoming a world champion

Ringnews24.com: At what age did you start boxing and what inspired you to become a fighter?

My father was a pro boxer in Mexico and he pretty much passed down his love for the sport to me at a young age. I was 6 years old when I first laced up the gloves.  

Ringnews24.com: What was your amateur record and did you win anything as an amateur boxer?

64 wins 3 losses. I am a 2x national champion.

Ringnews24.com: How did you find the step up from amateur to professional boxer?

Ever since I was little, going pro was the plan. With that said, I felt very comfortable with the step up. It was time to step into this opportunity.

Ringnews24.com: What side of your game have you worked on the most since turning pro professional?

There is always something to work on. My defense, footwork, throwing accurate punches. Our strength and conditioning workouts have picked up a lot as well. More attention to detail.

Ringnews24.com: Aside from boxing, do you have any hobbies or interests that you pursue?

I currently work at Title Boxing club. It is a fitness center. Helping people live healthy lives and staying in shape while teaching them a thing or two about boxing is something I enjoy to do.

Ringnews24.com: Do you have any short or long-term goals within the sport and if so, have you set yourself a timescale on reaching them?

I think everything has it’s time and place. Short term goals would be improving in every fight. Taking what I learned in my last fight and applying that knowledge in my next one. Long term, I would like to use boxing as a way to better the lives of my family and loved ones. Being a world champion would definitely help me take care of my family.

Ringnews24.com: Is it tough to go full-time? Do you have to be more flexible to make a living from the sport?

A lot more flexible. There’s a lot of sacrifice that goes into this sport. It’s very time consuming. You have to be mentally strong in this life.

Ringnews24.com: Who is your current trainer and were do you train?

Vincent Reyes has been my trainer since I was 7 years old and he owns his gym in Fort Worth, Texas. Reyes Boxing Club.

Ringnews24.com: Do you always stay in shape between fights or do you put on a lot of weight?

I’m never more than 7 pounds over my fight weight. Even when we aren’t training for a fight. I am still working out. Maybe not as hard as when we are in training camp but I do stay in shape so that I am always ready to go.

Ringnews24.com: Who has been the biggest influence in your career so far?

I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by a lot of great people in boxing. My coaches are more than just my coaches. We’re family. My father (Juan Lopez Sr.) Vincent Reyes, Tony Cabello. These guys do more than just train me. They talk to me and help me grow as an individual in and out the ring.

Ringnews24.com: Who did you look up to growing up as a boxer – who was your idol?

I like a lot of currently active fighters. There’s no one that I really grew up watching. Floyd Mayweather, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao,

Ringnews24.com: Do you watch any boxing at home and if so, which fighters most appeal to you?

Floyd Mayweather, guillermo rigondeaux, Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao.

Ringnews24.com: Who is the toughest opponent you have fought to date?

Every fight is a learning experience. I’ve learned a lot through every opponent thus far. Every fight is a little tougher than the last.

Ringnews24.com: Who is your dream opponent at your weight?

Who ever has the title belt at that time. That’s who I’m coming for.

Ringnews24.com: Who would you like to fight in the near future?

Anyone with a title. Taking the right steps and listening to my team will get my ready for that title opportunity.

Ringnews24.com: What would you say is your biggest win to date in the ring?

Every fight is a big win. I am able to learn so much about myself from every opponent.

Ringnews24.com: What is going on with your boxing career now – can you tell readers when, where and against whom you will be fighting next?

We are getting ready for, Friday December 20th at the Will Rogers Memorial center in Fort Worth, Texas. My team is currently working on who I am fighting.

Ringnews24.com: Do you have a message for the fans?

I plan to be great in this business. That takes prayer and a lot of support from the fans. Continue to ride through this journey with me. God willing we are on our way to the top.