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Rivera To Protest Juanma vs Salido Ref, Not Arum

By Rey Colon

There is a growing debate with the referee Robert Ramirez's decision to stop Saturday's fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido. The Mexican boxer had Juanma against the ropes and was landing big punches. Juanma was hurt but still appeared to be throwing back. Juanma's co-promoter Peter Rivera plans to protest the ref's decision to stop the fight with the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission, while the other co-promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, has dissociated himself from the critics who are going after the referee.

"I'm just the promoter and I do not interfere with the decisions of the commission. That's my job, to promote. The fighters do their job and the commission has theirs. The performance of the referee is for the commission to evaluate. That's not my problem," said Arum.

However, Rivera said that he protested the appointment of Ramirez as the ref and had earlier advised the commission that Rivera was not experienced enough to handle such a major fight. 

"The chairman of the commission (Dommys Delgado) knows what I said, the reason I had wanted to use another referee. Only they know why they ignored our request," he added.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 04-18-2011

He needs to protest that right hand, it was out right criminal. Poor juanma.

Comment by Iceta Lives on 04-18-2011

Weak sauce. Just take the loss like a man and go to ESPN Friday Night Fights where you belong.

Comment by BorderPatrol on 04-18-2011

[QUOTE=xcaret v4;10400829][I]the[/I]y obviously cant take defeat... specially from a mexican lmfao[/QUOTE] As long as we don't have to be Mexican, we Ricans will always be Ok with losing and winning in a sport. Life is a whole other matter and…

Comment by xcaret v4 on 04-18-2011

[I]the[/I]y obviously cant take defeat... specially from a mexican lmfao

Comment by Webber676 on 04-18-2011

Please stop the complain, the stoppage of very opportune and fair to JuanMa and both him and his fans need to welcome it. The main job of the referee is to protect the fighter whenever the fighter or his corner…

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