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Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido © Action Images

Suspension could make Lopez retire

Juan Manuel Lopez may retire from boxing if he is suspended for remarks he allegedly made about a referee.

The former WBO featherweight champion says he has no recollection of accusing a referee of betting.

He has been accused of make the remark after losing to Mexican Orlando Salido.

Lopez said at a news conference in Puerto Rico on Tuesday he did not know what he said or did after the fight on March 10 until he saw a video the following day.

He said he was embarrassed and asked the people of Puerto Rico to forgive him.

Lopez, whose record as a professional stands at 31-2, with 28 knockouts, spoke just days after Puerto Rico's Professional Boxing Commission suspended him while it investigates the allegations. He is scheduled to meet officials on Monday.

He said if the commission suspended him for a year it would force him into early retirement.

The commission said in a statement last Saturday it would ask Lopez to explain why he should not be sanctioned for accusing referee Roberto Ramirez of betting on the fight in which he suffered his second career loss.

He lost, for the second time, to Mexican Orlando Salido by technical knockout.

Officials with the WBO world championship committee said earlier Lopez's comments lacked sportsmanship and that they would seek to suspend him for a year.


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