WBO approves resolution against Juan Manuel Lopez for comments on referee

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today that the WBO Executive Committee voted and approved a resolution against Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez after his comments on referee Roberto Ramirez after his defeat versus Orlando Salido last Saturday.

Valcarcel told the WBO resolution said that Juanma Lopez should “show cause why he should not be suspended for one year, neither appear in the WBO rankings or fight for any regional or world WBO title”.

Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) lost by TKO in the 10th round against Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs) last Saturday in Puerto Rico, when Salido dropped him with a combination. The referee Ramirez was counting when he saw Lopez in bad condition and stopped the fight. The surprising reaction for Lopez was in bad comments against Ramirez on the TV transmission.

Middleweight John Thompson Looks To Extend Unbeaten Streak April 18

On April 18 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, super middleweight John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to 7-0 as he steps into the ring against Jamond Bourgeois.

Since turning pro last June, Thompson has been active in his young career, fighting three times to conclude 2011 and three to begin the new year. In the ring he has shown the poise and experience of a fighter with triple the amount of fights he has, and Thompson attributes it to an extensive amateur career.

“I’ve been boxing since I was four years old,” said Thompson. “As an amateur I had 111 fights and won nearly every amateur title out there.”

With two knockouts in six wins, Thompson feels his biggest weapons are his speed and his brain.

“When you first get in the ring, 9 times out of 10 you know something about your opponent, but for the time you might not know anything about him, you have to be able to adapt. I am very good on judgment and character, as far as from what I feel when I’m in the ring. When round 1 starts I have everything in my head that’s going to happen.”

Thompson recently signed with First Round Promotions, and anxiously looks to move forward with them in his career. The 23-year-old Newark native eats, sleeps and breathes boxing, and is working toward a goal of fighting for a title within the near future.

“I am happy to sign with First Round Promotions,” said Thompson. “It is a great opportunity to get myself out there, and for people to see me and acknowledge my boxing presence. Having the chance for people to see me is a blessing.”

Going forward in 2012 Thompson looks to remain active inside the squared circle. “I look at the way I have been progressing, and I see myself fighting for a title by the end of this year. And within two years I think I’ll be fighting for a world title.”

Tickets for John Thompson’s fight April 14 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark are $200 (Front Row); $100 VIP and $50 for General Admission and can be purchased at:

Boardwalk Saloon
206 Bloomfield Ave
Newark, NJ

Elite Heat Gym
130 Mt. Pleasant Ave
Newark, NJ

Lou Esa- Winning Method Management

156 Algonquin PKWY
Whippany, NJ

“I want to thank everybody for all their support,” said Thompson. “This is not for me, this is for everyone else. I want to show people that it is possible for anyone to make it. In life you have to take the initiative and go for it.”

Knockout press release

Look for a new reality show called "KNOCKOUT" on network television in the near future! KNOCKOUT is a reality based series produced by Lucky Dog Filmworks that features retired WIBA/WIBF Champion Terri Moss and the behind the scenes action that goes into the creation of her Atlanta based "Corporate Fight Night" shows.

The series will focus on the trials, tribulations. and triumphs of professionals and business class people of all ages as they prepare for a very real, high-pressure amateur bout to raise money for charity on a classy Las Vegas style show. Most of the boxers having no prior experience, pound through one of the biggest challenges of their lives as they climb through the ropes for this first, and most likely the last, real boxing match of their lives.

Terri Moss and her former trainer turned business partner Xavier Biggs are the backbone in Knockout, and they reveal some struggles of their own as their relationship transcends one of respect and structure to one of volatile competition in their prospective business dealings at Decatur Boxing Club.

KNOCKOUT is currently under network negotiations. The KNOCKOUT reel can be viewed at "Like" them on facebook at to get all of the up to date information on show times and dates.

Article posted on 13.03.2012

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