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Juan Manuel Lopez Has Suspension Reduced, Fine Dropped

By Rey Colon

Former world champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez has caught a break from the Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico (CBPPR). On April 3rd, the commission punished Lopez for comments he made in March against referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. During a live televised interview, Lopez called Ramirez "a gambler" after getting stopped in ten rounds by Mexico's Orlando Salido on March 10th in San Juan.

The Puerto Rico Commission suspended Lopez for a period of one year, and he was hit with a $10,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Last month, Lopez held a press conference to issue a public apology to Ramirez - and he stated during a hearing with an officer appointed by the Puerto Rico Commission that he didn't have any evidence to support his remarks that Ramirez had a gambling problem.

The PRBC has reduced the suspension to 10 months, eliminated the fine of $10,000 and shaved down the community service from 100 to 50 hours. Lopez can now return around March 2012, but he might still file an appeal to return at an earlier date.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Southpawology on 05-04-2012

10 months suspension?? ridiculous. They should of just fined him a a chunk of his purse vs salido and left it at that. Can he fight in the U.S though? or is he just suspended from fighting in PR?

Comment by spoonwars on 05-04-2012

Opinions are punished. Guilty until proven innocent. What is this world coming to...

Comment by Rip Chudd on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=EveryDayDrew;12077547]100 hours of community service for defamation of a ref? PR is North Korea now?[/QUOTE] LOL, I was thinking the same thing man

Comment by badass316 on 05-04-2012

That 10K fine was nothing, like some people noted. I think Juan Ma would have been fine paying a 100K penalty instead of being on the sidelines for a year. The 2 month reduction is ridiculous, there's no way what…

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=DigitalBeast;12077777]So he might return in March 2012, eh? Does this site not have proof-readers?????[/QUOTE] No they do not!!! You should read some of Ronnie Nathaniels' articles. He's the run-on-sentence king. He's absoloutely garbage!!! So unprofessional.

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