Former WBO champ suspended in Puerto Rico



SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — 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 handed Lopez his second defeat on March 10.

The commission released a statement Friday saying it will ask Lopez to explain why he should not be disciplined for his remarks. This was the second time Lopez was stopped by Mexico’s Orlando Salido.

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.