Update: According to a source close to the promotion there is no verifiable independent report of Angel Hernandez having the medical condition claimed by Boxing 360. It is also known that Boxing 360 and Hernandez have been at odds since a June 2011 arbitration hearing when Hernandez unsuccessfully sought relief from a contract that runs through February 15, 2013.
First Derek Ennis, then Terrence Cauthen, now Angel Hernandez could fall out of Friday’s night’s main event against 2008 US Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade. Upon reading the report on Fightnews.com that his contracted fighter Angel Hernandez would be a late notice sub fighting Andrade this Friday on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, Boxing 360 promoter Mario Yagobi, who has Hernandez under contract, released the following statement.
“First of all Boxing 360 is the contracted promoter of Angel Hernandez. I want it to be clear that the only reason that I am bringing this up at all is because safety of all fighters is our primary concern. Angel Hernandez is not physically fit to fight anyone at all let a former world amateur champion, WBO #9, WBC & IBF #13 and WBA #15 like Andrade. Hernandez is only 36 years old and physically he is already showing serious effects from major ring wars. Once such effect that is obvious to anyone is that his speech is very badly impaired. I wouldn’t care if this was a million dollar fight purse or more I would still do everything in my power to stop this fight from happening. I repeat, Hernandez should not be fighting at all. This is an absolute recipe for disaster possibly happening on national television. If this fight was to happen without our authorization I would not ask or accept any money from Hernandez’ purse. As president of the boxing association and an attorney of law, I would think Andrade’s promoter Joe DeGuardia would not want to put Hernandez or any fighter in that situation. If he didn’t know the current physical status of Hernandez he does now.”