Referee Ramirez Firmly Rejects Juanma's Public Apology

In an earlier news report on, former champion Juan Manuel Lopez issued a public apology to referee Roberto Ramirez. After Lopez was stopped in the tenth round of Saturday's rematch with WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, which took place in San Juan - Lopez called Ramirez "a gambler" and claimed the referee had a "gambling problem."

Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez - "For my part I apologize to Roberto [Ramirez] for comments I had made after the fight with Salido. Roberto is one of the best referees in the world, he did a great job, and I appreciate that I was protected because I was definitely hurt. Everyone knows how much I trained for this fight, all of the sacrifices that I made, because I wanted to give a big win to Puerto Rico and perhaps the frustration of failing in my country [caused the comments], and again I want to praise Roberto for his work."

Speaking to Luis Santiago, Ramirez rejected Juanma's apology.

Roberto Ramirez - "Excuses only satisfy those who say them. I heard the words of 'Juanma' [after the fight] and the arrogance with which he massacred my honesty... I have already [been involved in] 184 world title fights and this is the first time a person puts into question my honesty and my integrity," added the experienced boxing official. "I'm very upset...but to say that I gamble is attacking my integrity and my family."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Big Dunn on 03-12-2012

The ref should ignore the apology and then beat this crybaby's ass. I'm glad Juanma got his ass beat and I think he is vastly overarted. But I never expected him to pull this crap. I was actually embarassed for…

Comment by newcastleking on 03-12-2012

Im telling you guys, Salido gave Lopez brain damage. ****in guy is out of his mind. Hes ruined.

Comment by New England on 03-12-2012

[QUOTE=markfrombrookly;11879359]The Ref should sue his ass. That's what I would do if I was in his shoes.[/QUOTE] to be fair to juanma he took hundreds of power punches to the head (most of them pinpoint on his chin,) before getting…

Comment by sagrevleyos on 03-12-2012

Ramirez is going to Sue 4 some bucks this fricking sore loser.....

Comment by mrjoeblive on 03-12-2012

[QUOTE=richardt;11879589]No, the ref should NOT move on! That is like JuanMa taking a seldgehammer to the Ref's car and then thinking an apology is all that it takes. WRONG! There has to be damage compensation. That Ref would have gladly…

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