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ABC punishes Isleta Commission

The Association of Boxing Commissions Compliance Committee has directed Fight Fax to list all future boxing results which occur on the Isleta reservation to be listed as non-supervised fights. The ABC sent a letter to the Isleta Athletic Commission on December 16th asking their commission to prove their legal existence. No response was received by the ABC, therefore, the ABC Compliance Committee felt it necessary to take action.

Below is the ABC’s letter.

January 5, 2010

Governor Robert Benavides
Pueblo of Isleta
P.O. Box 1270
Isleta, New Mexico, 87022

Re: Association of Boxing Commissions Compliance Committee Request

Dear Governor Benavides:

The Association of Boxing Commissions, (ABC) Compliance Committee sent a letter to your attention dated December 16, 2009 in reference to several concerns regarding the Holly Holm vs. Victoria Cisneros boxing match held on December 4, 2009 at the Isleta Casino.

The ABC continues to receive comments and concerns about this situation from commissioners, managers and reporters regarding the legality of the suspension placed upon Melissa Hernandez by the Isleta Athletic Commission. [Hernandez was the original opponent for Ms. Holm however, Hernandez refused to fight just minutes before the scheduled start of the bout.]

The ABC in its original letter has asked that the Isleta Athletic Commission provide a copy of the tribal resolution creating the Isleta Athletic Commission and a copy of the rules and regulations governing boxing events held on your reservation. The ABC still awaits this documentation.

The ABC Compliance Committee has agreed that the comments listed with Fight Fax, Inc regarding the indefinite suspension for Ms. Hernandez’s boxing license be amended, therefore, the ABC Compliance Committee will ask Fight Fax, Inc, the official boxing registry of the ABC to amend the comments regarding Ms. Hernandez to state, “Red Flag, contact the Isleta Athletic Commission, failure to honor contract.”

The ABC Compliance Committee will also direct, Fight Fax, Inc to list all future boxing results which occur on the Isleta reservation to be listed as non-supervised fights. If the Isleta Athletic Commission provides proof of their legal existence, all comments regarding Ms. Hernandez will be changed back to the original comments as submitted by the Isleta Athletic Commission and the results of future fights will be counted.

The ABC Compliance Committee is distraught that it has to take such drastic actions, but the lack of response by the Isleta Athletic Commission has left the committee with no other alternatives.

Timothy J. Lueckenhoff

C: Jim Erickson, 1st Vice President
Greg Sirb, 2nd Vice President
Michael Mazzulli, Member
Anibal Miramontes, Fight Fax, Inc.

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