By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have been informed by manager Ricardo Rizo via phone that the Board of the World Boxing Association has made a decision on the status of lightweight Richard Abril at their meeting in Miami. Among the items discussed were the irregularities of the weight of Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, as well as the controversial scoring in Las Vegas where they announced Rios a winner by split decision. The fight was reviewed by eleven experienced officials, taking into account the report of the supervisor, and all gave the bout to Abril as the winner. The proposal made by the World Championships Committee, and supported by the Officials Committee, was to keep Abril as interim lightweight world champion. All Board members present in Miami approved the decision.