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Juanma: If The Suspension Sticks, My Career is Over

By Rey Colon

Former two division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez believes his career could be over if Boxing Commission of Puerto Rico refuses to lift a possible one-year suspension. The commission placed a temporary suspension on Juanma; punishing the boxer for his comments related to referee Roberto Ramirez. Following his TKO loss to Orlando Salido on March 10th, Juanma called Ramirez "a gambler" and claimed the referee was influenced by his betting habits to stop the fight in the tenth round.

Juanma held a press conference on Tuesday, where he apologized before the Puerto Rican press. On Monday, March 26th, Juanma will appear before hearing office Alberto Arroyo to discuss his comments regarding Ramirez. A decision will follow later that day, or the following day, regarding Juanman's punishment. The fight is very nervous regarding the possibility of being unable to persuade the commission to lift the suspension.

"This is my way of life. I hope that [I can be] forgiven and receive the opportunity to continue fighting. A one-year suspension would mean a push forward for the withdrawal of my career. I definitely cant be away from boxing for a year. If so, it would be my retirement. It's impossible for me [to be away that long] because this is my way of living. We hope to receive the opportunity to go forward, in boxing. That is what God wants," Juanma said.

Local promoter, Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing, and manager Orlando Piñero, said the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission should take into account that Lopez supports five children.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by El Angel on 03-21-2012

Observe HBO and Showtime. Don't interview guys who just got KTFO. Juanma shouldn't have said what he said, but he never should have had the oppurtunity to say it.

Comment by Ringlife on 03-21-2012

The guy said he was sorry it's time to move on.

Comment by Scrubber on 03-21-2012

2 devastating KO's have ended Lopez's meager career. how do you say taxi driver or janitor in Puerto Rican slang???? or Lips Lopez will be ref ramirez's personal slave.

Comment by ikawpipa on 03-21-2012

if Juanma is suspended, he can just visit Floyd in Las Vegas County Jail every now and then after playing casino or poker. :wave:

Comment by elfag on 03-21-2012

let him say what he wants, he will be judged by the fans for his comments. There is no need to place restrictions or suspend him for what he said. Sports are already pussified with pro and college football handing…

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