Referee Ramirez Still Not Satisfied With Juanma's Apology

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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scrubber on 03-22-2012

Not until the ref gets his money back will he be satisfied. 2 million should do it and lip lopez should have to pay.

Comment by Thetruthisbest on 03-22-2012

We do realize that Juanmas accusations are defamation of two characters right? The Sr and the Jr. They are in jeopardy of not being hired to officiate future fights etc, just for said accusations. It's simple to say, "just accept…

Comment by bMak on 03-22-2012

[B]For this guy to still be bi[B]tching[/B] about this, he either wears a thong or there's some truth to what JuanMa said. What more does he want? Money maybe? Hmmm[/B]

Comment by nycsmooth on 03-22-2012

[QUOTE=vick_ramalot;11914153]what a disgraceful snob that guy is. anyone who scored Sturm-Macklin 116-112 in favor of Sturm like Ramirez did either has no integrity at all or is a complete fool who should be banned from officiating fights anyway. i must…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 03-21-2012

[QUOTE=Onekrazyrican;11915939]I dont know if Ramirez gambles or not but i dont like him that much. A couple of years ago a program was started here were a convict could go out and fight professionaly. The first one was Waldemar Adorno…

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