Jennifer Lopez: I Can Take a Lot of Punches & Still Keep Going (PHOTOS)

JLO & Casper Smooch!
Jennifer Lopez kisses her new beau.
Jennifer Lopez traded in her sexy, glamorous style for padded leather boxing gear — and a strategically placed bulge — in V Magazine’s new Sports Issue. In the provocative spread, the singer puts up her dukes, admitting the gender-bending shoot and clothing made her “feel tougher.”

The symbolic photo shoot seems to hit at J-Lo’s core, too, as she reflects on her career and all the scrutiny she’s had to face.

“I can take a lot of punches and still keep going. I’ve been trained like a boxer to go 15 rounds.”

In her personal life, Jennifer is moving on from her estranged husband Marc Anthony and now dating 24-year-old backup dancer Casper Smart. So how is it having to work with her ex on their new show, Q’Viva?

“I mean, we’re parents and friends first. That will be the thread that ties us together. I don’t know if people expect it to be negative just because the [intimate] relationship didn’t work out.”