By Jose E. Santiago
At today’s Georgia State Athletic & Entertainment Commission (GAEC) monthly meeting, the incident concerning the IBO Super Welterweight Intercontinental championship bout between Grady Brewer and Giorbis Barthelemy, which concluded with a fourth round DQ for Barthelemy after biting Brewer on the neck, was addressed. The scheduled 12 round title match on August 4th was building up to be a competitive fight in which Barthelemy started well early by scoring a 2nd round knockdown. In the third, Barthelemy was deducted a point for rough house tactics that included a double-leg take down during a botched clinch attempt. With a momentum shift favoring Brewer in the fourth, Barthelemy pushed his opponent to the ropes and blatantly bit him on the neck. After reviewing the video at today’s meeting the commissioners unanimously decided to withhold Barthelemy’s $9,000 purse and suspend the 41-year-old boxer for 10 years. A consent order is also in the process of being filed as the GAEC is looking to further punish Barthelemy with a $1,000 fine.