By Pete Moscardi
Fahsai Sakkreenin, the Thai super-featherweight who holds the IBF Pan-Pacific featherweight title, refused to take a blood test at the pre-fight medical just three days before his fight against Zolani Marali for the vacant IBO super-featherweight title, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on 21 March. Sakkreenin’s actions left Golden Gloves promoter, Rodney Berman stunned and disappointed. As a result of Sakkreenin’s strange refusal the tournament, which also featured two All-Africa title fights, was immediately cancelled.
Shona McTaggart, Berman’s operating manager, said that Sakkreenin had submitted documentation purporting to be a health clearance from the Thai Commission but that she had an uneasy feeling as to its authenticity. “When he refused point blank to take the required routine blood test at the pre-fight medical my suspicions were confirmed,” she said. Sakkreenin, who has a 24-1 record, last fought on February 21st when he scored a fourth round KO victory over the Indonesian, Ivan Bone in Thailand. “Golden Gloves has never encountered anything as bizarre as this in its long history,” Berman said.
According to Berman, after giving some spurious reasons for not wishing to undergo a blood test, the Thai fighter eventually admitted that he was aware that he had a medical condition which would be revealed by a blood test and which would prevent him from fighting.
Golden Gloves plans to re-schedule the promotion to 2 April and to find a substitute opponent for Marali.