Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez is likely to face indefinite suspension, officials said following her actions Saturday night after pulling out last minute against Holly Holm at Isleta Casino & Resort.
According to Promoter Lenny Fresquez, who was able to get a hold of Hernandez after she’d returned to her hotel room, after 9 p.m., he was told that the situation “was nothing a little money wouldn’t fix.”
By that time, Fresquez had secured Victoria Cisneros, local Albuquerque jr. welterweight who was in the audience to watch the fight, to replace Hernandez. Rather than submit to Hernandez’s strong-arm tactics, Fresquez said, he went with Cisneros.
Hernandez has released a statement regarding her fleeing the fight site tonight, and pulling out of her showdown against Holly Holm. Though her take of the night’s events conflicts dramatically with at least a dozen eyewitnesses backstage at Isleta Casino, her story runs as follows:
“I was hanging out watching the first couple of fights and after the second bout we went in there and her hands were already wrapped,” said Hernandez. “The commission would not do anything about this. We gave them forty-five minutes and at 9 pm they still said no. They had so many excuses that ranged from them running out of tape and gauze plus there wasn’t time. My team offered all that to them. Tape, gauze plus I would have waited all night for her. If they wanted her to win so badly, they should have done this on the level.”
Hernandez goes on to say that Holm’s team “finally gave in AFTER Hernandez returned to her hotel.”
“At that time why would I fight?” says Hernandez. “Is that what it took for them to realize we were serious about not fighting? It’s in the rules for the two sides to watch each other wrap their hands. They came to my manager and offered him money to get me in the ring but I wasn’t going to be part of that. A fighter just died in Philadelphia where my manager is from. There was the Cotto-Margarito situation and my health is a lot more important than some dollar amount.
“I am not slandering anybody, but the press was all about her. We discussed two out of state judges and referee and that didn’t happen plus we had agreed on Everlast, Winning or Reyes gloves and they presented me with TKO gloves. They finally caved into that for something they already agreed upon. And oh by the way, I was moving up THREE weight classes and she didn’t make weight but we swept that under the rug.
“I think the most ironic thing is that they were able to find an opponent in ten minutes. Pretty ironic that they had somebody on standby when most fighters won’t fight on less than a day notice if that.
“The replacement went ten rounds with her, so the fans know what I would have done to her. I am not downing Holly but let’s do this on fair terms and the world will find out who the baddest girl in the sport is.”