Greg Sirb, current Vice President of the Association of Boxing Commissions and executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission since 1990, has called on the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF to stop sanctioning all title fights in Germany to send a message to German boxing authorities who don’t respect the FightFax National Suspension List.
Here what Sirb sent to the heads of those organizations:
As per the Oliver McCall fight in Frankfurt, Germany on May 16, 2012 – Mr. McCall was under Medical Suspension from the Mohegan Sun Athletic Commission since November 11, 2011 for a serious medical condition.
This is at least the 3rd time the German Boxing Commission has allowed an American Boxer to compete in their country while under “Medical Suspension:” They also allowed Barry Butler and Lamont Brewster.
As World Boxing groups I really think it is time to STOP sanctioning any title fights in Germany
This maybe the only pressure that will make this group take notice of how serious this situation is. No more title bouts – at least until they comply with the basic RULE that if a Boxer is on the Medical Suspension List they cannot fight.
It is simple when you have any US fighter competing in a foreign country it should be the responsibility of that foreign Boxing Commission to request a Fight Fax so that they can determine that boxers accurate record and if that Boxer is under any type of Suspension
At the up-coming ABC meeting I will be instructing all members NOT to comply with any requests from the German Boxing Commission – this Commission has totally ignored the National Suspension List and has put one too many Boxers at risk.
Gregory P. Sirb
PA State Athletic Commission