Nearly a month ago we reported on boxer Juan Manuel Lopez blaming a referee for being knocked out by his opponent Orlando Salido. Since he had just been knocked out, most fight fans gave JuanMa a pass for his obviously emotional post-fight comments. The Puerto Rico athletic commission wasn’t anywhere near as kind.
The commonwealth’s professional boxing commission has suspended the license of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez for one year for criticizing a referee after his March 10 loss to Mexico’s Orlando Salido.
He was also ordered Tuesday to pay a $10,000 fine and provide 100 hours of community service.
Lopez previously said a suspension would force him into early retirement. He has 20 days to appeal.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael obviously didn’t agreed with the suspension after suffering a bit of a meltdown from the news.