BOXING

Wild Finish in JuanMa-Vazquez Fight

There was a wild finish to the Juan Manuel Lopez versus Wilfredo Vazquez Jr main event in Puerto Rico Saturday night, which serves to remind us why boxing is called “the theater of the unexpected.”

Fight fans who bought the Integrated Sports/Doug Jacobs PPV were rewarded with a jaw dropper finish, as JuanMa flurried on Fredo (24-7-1; age 32) and finished him in round 11 in a tight tangle.

Then, more drama. JuanMa wasn’t done.

He walked determinedly to the Vazquez corner and hauled off on cornermen Albert Rivera.

The man was ready to rumble. They get into it at the 1:15 mark:

After eating and semi slipping a Juanma (35-5; age 33) left, the trainer threw and landed a crisp check hook, following that with another hook, a right cross, left and a severe sturdy right. Five launches, five connects.

Courtesy of ace publicist “Brighton” Bobby Trieger: “Albert Rivera is the brother of Alex Rivera who was Norman Stone’s assistant and he took over fight when Stoney was thrown out of corner in the John Ruiz-Andrew Golota fight (2004 at Madison Square Garden.) Albert trains fighters in Puerto Rico.”

And he can now furnish video proof that he knows of what he speaks.

An idea: JuanMa versus Albert Rivera next up!

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