Open Letter From Rudy Lopez To Naoki Matsuda

Translated By Luis Cadiz

Dear Naoki,
I have been going through some difficult days and I need to openly and publicly apologize for my actions that took place once the fight ended. I am ashamed and I pray to God that you, as a fighter and as a person, accept my apology.

My boxing commission has suspended for some time and they have also fined me. I accept all sanctions because I was at fault of letting my emotions get the best of me. I went out of control, please accept my apology for such action.
I came to the fight with many months of preparation, only thinking of beatingyou so that I can vindicate the previous knock out loss that you handed me onmy home turf. That is why it was so important for me to demonstrate to my public, my family and myself that I could get the victory. I felt that thefight was in my favor and when the referee declared me the loser, I lost my
sense of reason and I behaved inappropriately, please forgive me.

I wish you and your family a very Happy Holidays and hopefully, at another time, we can fight again and wind up being friends after wards.

I also want to apologize to all the boxing fans, my promoter and the WBC. I extend my apology to all in the sport of boxing and the press, this will never happen again.
                                                        Rodolfo Rudy Lopez