By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez has been suspended by the Puerto Rican Professional Boxing Commission for one year, received a $10,000 fine and 100 hours of community service for false claims made by Lopez in the ring after his defeat March 10 against champion Orlando Salido, alleging that referee Roberto Ramirez stopped the fight because he’s a gambler. The penalty was the same as recommended by the commission’s examiner Alberto Arroyo. Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions, told El Nuevo Dia that they plan to appeal the sanction because they consider it too long for any boxer. Juanma will be eligible to fight again on May 10, 2013.