Saturday, March 17, 2012
Juan Manuel Lopez suspended
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez has been suspended by Puerto Rico boxing authorities after he accused a referee of betting on one of his fights.
Puerto Rico's Professional Boxing Commission is investigating the allegations against referee Roberto Ramirez, who stopped Lopez's bout with Mexico's Orlando Salido on March 10. This was the second time Lopez was stopped by Salido.
The commission released a statement Friday saying it will ask Lopez to explain why he should not be disciplined for his remarks. WBO officials said this week Lopez's comments showed a lack of sportsmanship and they would look to suspend him for one year.
Lopez is 31-2 with 28 KOs.