By Rey Colon
Referee Roberto Ramirez is still not satisfied with the apology from former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez. In the opinion of Ramirez, the apology seemed sincere but fell short because the fighter failed to admit publicly that he had no evidence to support his allegations.
Following his TKO loss to Orlando Salido on March 10th in San Juan, Juanma called Ramirez "a gambler" during a live televised interview and the boxer also seemed to allege that Ramirez stopped the contest in connection to a possible bet.
On Tuesday, Juanma met with the Puerto Rican press to issue a public apology to Ramirez. But the referee is still not satisfied because Juanma has yet to admit that Ramirez is not a gambler and publicly state that there is no evidence to support such an allegation.
"We felt the apology was sincere but it did not meet our expectations. We expected him to state emphatically that there was [nothing more to his comments than] defamation, and that he had no proof or evidence that [me and my son] are gamblers. We hoped to reach an agreement with him to indicate [those items] and then we would have a press conference with them, if required, to end all of this. If he specifically says that he had no proof [to support] what he said, then we are ready [to end this] and we promise not to sue him civilly," Ramirez said.
"We just want to clean up our reputation and image. [At the press conference, our image] was not cleaned up. He apologized for what happened but never stated the facts. If he were to say that he had no proof and it was something that he heard, then it would be over. But he did not."