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Arum Erupts Over JuanMa Lopez's One Year Boxing Ban

By Michael Marley

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is standing with his fighter Juan Manuel Lopez in reaction to a one year ban handed down Tuesday morning by the boxing commission in Puerto Rico. Lopez was given a one year ban for his comments about referee Robert Ramirez Sr., which followed the Puerto Rican boxer's ten round TKO loss to Orlando Salido on March 10th in San Juan.

Lopez, during a televised interview on Showtime, alleged that Ramirez was a gambler and the alleged activity may have influenced the referee's hand in stopping the fight. The boxer has since aplogized to Ramirez, several times. Besides the one year ban, Lopez has to pay a $10,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

Juanma is currently under a six month medical suspension, which expires in September. Then the one year ban would begin, and unless Juanma wins a planned appeal - he will sit until September 2013.

"It's absurd," the 80-year-old promoter said by telephone. "It is too severe, especially considering the remarks were made when JuanMa was concussed, when he had just been knocked out by Salido.

"I mean, maybe I could see this if those comments were made the next day or something, when the fighter's head was clear but this was not the situation here. That's like penalizing somebody for making these kind of remarks when they're drunk."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cuauhtémoc1520 on 04-04-2012

[QUOTE=ИATAS206;11968176]put aside the hate for bob arum for second. This suspension is absolutely ridiculous. The guy was just KO'd, said some whacky sh[B]i[/B]t on camera when his brain was probably still scrambled, he since apologized multiple times. Not fighting again…

Comment by Fetta on 04-04-2012

[QUOTE=charlieg;11969365]You, sir, are a ****ing moron. No offense. Just an observation given you think somebody who has just been thumped in the head repeatedly for 30 minutes before being knocked out, that they should be able to think clearly.[/QUOTE]None taken.…

Comment by Jack Napier on 04-04-2012

it's bul[COLOR="Black"]ls[/COLOR]hit a ban for insulting a ref? yeah, he owed the guy an apology for talking s[COLOR="Black"]hi[/COLOR]t after his loss but a yr off his livelihood for that? sh[COLOR="Black"]i[/COLOR]t is lame

Comment by the_ilest on 04-04-2012

well Lopez career is pretty much over. he was overhyped, probably can't beat any champ. He was exposed 2 times.

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 04-04-2012

Man, I thought the proposed suspension was too harsh to begin with. Now I come to find out JuanMa has to pay a fine and do community service, too? That's craaaazy! They want to bury that poor kid. What would…

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