Tijuana Boxing Commission, Promoters & Box Rec from impasse to solution

November 28, 2017 No Comments

A quick rundown of all the latest news from Tijuana, San Diego, and Imperial Counties, plus invaluable information from the newsmakers – the athletes.


Resolution of problems between Tijuana Boxing Promoters and Box Rec 

The original question posed to Box Rec who had refused to post the results of the boxing shows held in Tijuana, Mexico: “Why would you jeopardize your many years of hard work to become recognized worldwide as the encyclopedia for the sport of boxing with your current approach of doing battle with the Boxing Promoters of Tijuana and the relatively new Tijuana Boxing Commission which is the sanctioning body for more boxing shows per year than any other city in the world?”


 

In this dispute, there was also the mention by Box Rec and the President of the World Boxing Council, of this one-sided match-making (Boxing Tourism) where the local fighters were being paid by their opponent from the United States. The response from the local Boxing Promoters: (AS Boxing Promotions, Aztec Promotions, Borizteca Boxing Promotions, Fabrica de Campeones, Gonzalez Promotions, Jibaro’s Promotions, Fernando Paramo’s Lion Heart Boxing Productions, Quinones Promociones, Rios Promotions, and Velazquez Promotions): “You do realize that a great many of the former world champions to include Hall of Famers, and boxing greats like Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2, 86 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) did not fight anyone with a winning record until their 13th professional bout? At the outset, both of these gentleman and other champions fought the easiest opponents available. It’s called getting your feet wet.”

Examples of just some of the many mismatches you’re now featuring on the Box Rec website:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Box Rec explained their position: “Even though we strongly disagree with this practice of building up a boxer’s record by having them fight much, much easier opponents, it has never been our intent to get involved in who should fight whom. Our central goal is and will always be the factual recording of: a boxer’s performance in the ring, their date of birth, residence, southpaw or orthodox, height, reach, any factual information that can assist the sport, its fans, the boxer, fellow boxers, plus the boxing commissions in their attempt to match people at the proper skill levels. We realize how essential the correct information is for any athlete, manager, trainer, and gym owner. For us to make an example of Tijuana would be unfair and even hypocritical, since, as you pointed out, the United Kingdom is where you see many crazy mismatches as you do everywhere, in Argentina, the Philippines, Japan, Germany, Russia, etc, etc.”

After discovering the results of their fights were not being posted, the nine Tijuana Boxing Promoters then joined forces to fight what they considered were the discriminatory practices of Box Rec. Box Rec responded and made it known they would no longer post any results from the Tijuana Boxing Commission until they started to do their job properly which included filling out the proper paperwork in its entirety.

As a witness to the Promoters’ transgressions, SportofBoxing.com can attest to the fact that the Tijuana Boxing Commission along with the Boxing Promoters appeared to be quite careless to the point of being negligent in their responsibilities to fill out the proper paperwork. From the misspelling of a boxer’s name to the submission of paperwork without a boxers’ Global ID, things were getting worse. As a result, Box Rec then set out to make an example of the Tijuana Boxing Commission and began to require not only the “Global IDs” but a video of each fight, plus two photos from each fight, one taken at the beginning of each bout and a second at the end of each bout to include the arm raising of the winning boxer standing directly across from his or her opponent.

The Tijuana Boxing Promoters took umbrage with these new demands. Demands which they felt were for them and them only and not universally employed. On Facebook, one of these gentlemen, the well-respected TV sportscaster Fernando Paramo from LATV summed up his reaction: “We don’t need Box Rec. With the correct use of Fight Fax, this problem will be resolved. Then, it will be up to the Tijuana Boxing Commission to complete the paperwork and for the promoters to reinforce the position that this company, Fight Fax, will now be used to keep the appropriate record keeping.”

There were also newspaper articles and a Podcast from La Voz del Boxeo which had the new President of the Tijuana Boxing Commission Alberto Martinez giving his personal view on the matter: https://www.facebook.com/lavozdelboxeotijuana/videos/vb.821859071244466/1530920213671678/?type=2&theater

The URL for the newspaper article: http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/5/deportes/2017/11/10/1043201/no-habra-mas-box-en-tijuana which initially exposed the problem on November 10, 2017, and then the various newspapers did follow-ups on November 16 and 17, 2017, referencing Box Rec’s exclusionary policy. They included an explanation from the new president of the Tijuana Boxing Commission, Mr. Martinez. The article appeared in the well-respected El Mexicano: La Fronteria newspaper on Friday, November 16, 2017. To summarize the angst of the nine boxing promoters and the new President of the Tijuana Boxing Commission: “from henceforth, we will only support the record keeping of Fightfax until which time BoxRec resolves their differences with the Tijuana Boxing Commission and once again posts the results from our more than 80 shows per year.” In other words, there was now an agreement of solidarity between the promoters and the new president of the honorable Tijuana Boxing Commission.

There was also an impetuous threat made or maybe should we say bluff: “We now calculate there will be multiple lawsuits coming in 2018, especially from the more than 20 shows that were already ignored. These matters are now being discussed with our team of counselors (Abogados).”

Back to the same question: After establishing such a secure and well-respected foothold in the sport, why would Box Rec jeopardize their glorious stature? A well respected boxing scribe called us and explained with the following analogy. “You’ve got this elderly gent who has just turned 77 years of age, and his local Department of Motor Vehicles wants him to come in and be retested before renewing his Driver’s License. After waiting in their long lines, the perturbed elder demanded to know why he was being singled out for a renewal after he had been driving for over 60 years. “Why do I have to go through all this bulls###t?”

The DMV supervisor calmly explained, “Sir, within the past year, you’ve been involved in two accidents, and according to this paper I’m holding, you just failed to pass both your written test and eye examination.”

In other words, both the DMV supervisor and Box Rec felt fully justified in their actions. The DMV, by keeping the old man off the roadways, just might help prevent another highway fatality. By refusing to accept the Tijuana Boxing Commission’s shoddy recordkeeping, Box Rec served notice that all promoters and Boxing Commissions must do a better job of tracking and submit the proper details from each fight or where is the credibility in this sport?

Coincidence or what? Just prior to the clashing of heads between the nine Boxing Promoters, the Tijuana Boxing Commission and Box Rec came this well-timed, online diatribe from Mauricio Sulaimon, the President of the WBC:

WBC post of November 3, 2017

“In the World Boxing Council, there is a deep concern about inhumane, unequal fights in a cruel practice called “Boxing Tourism” based mainly in Tijuana, Veracruz, Torreon and less frequently in the State of Mexico (which just so happens to be the headquarters of his World Boxing Council).

The WBC will energetically combat this with rigor and vigor, denouncing those who are responsible, who are recklessly and willfully exposing a fighter to an unequal bout in order to improve a record. This is a cruel and barbaric act where the very life of a human being is put at a terrible risk.

Some complaints have led the WBC to discover that it is increasingly happening in Baja California, bringing young people from the United States to fight in Mexico. 

Unfortunately, this fiasco has been allowed by some Commissions, managers, coaches, promoters and all are accomplices in allowing these dangerous mismatches to happen.

At the recent  WBC Convention, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, this was one of the priority topics that Dean Lohuis, President of the Committee Against Mismatches, created two years ago, addressed. He explained that they now work with BoxRec, an organization that gathers meticulous details about fighters to make sure they are bouts which fairly match the same level experience and comparable skills.

Unfortunately, the WBC cannot stop an unequal fight, since the only ones that have the right to do so are the commissions and promoters. However, the WBC will be reporting these awful anomalies hoping to prevent misfortune leading to tragedy.”

Borizteca Boxing, the Crusader who was willing to go the extra mile  

Along comes the Borizteca Boxing Management Group which was holding their final show of 2017 on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Salon Mezzanine Hall in Tijuana. On their fight card, they had 13 bouts and of the 13, you could say there were four mismatches. In an attempt to make peace with Box Rec and make certain the results from his 13 fights were posted on their website, Saul Rios, the CEO of Borizteca Boxing Promotions, contacted Box Rec and asked what he could do to assure the Tijuana Boxing Commission completed the proper paperwork for his show. As a result, the Commission completed their work on Wednesday, November 22nd. It took them five days??? (Molasses moves faster.) In addition, Rios made certain that Box Rec had seen our online article from SportofBoxing.com. He then sent Box Rec all the proof he could from the video of the show from BestInBoxing.com plus the photos from each fight supplied by SportofBoxing.com. After all the data had been received and compared, Box Rec discovered seven errors had been made. As a result, BoxRec then informed the Tijuana Boxing Commission that they would have to resubmit a corrected copy.

With the delay caused by the justifiable demands of Box Rec, everyone began to wonder if their city hadn’t been signaled out since this mess was taking so long it was like days of old when pirates would go searching for buried treasure. Some Promoters became so fed up, they began to make plans to host their next show elsewhere.

Finally, the good news came

On November 28th, 11 days after the Borizteca Boxing Promotions’ show, the results of that show were posted on Box Rec. Saul Rios, the CEO of the Borizteca Boxing Management Group had become a local hero. After making certain that all of Box Rec’s requests had been fulfilled, Box Rec did what they promised and posted the full boxing card. Mr. Rios had proven to his colleagues that it was possible to get Box Rec back working on their side.

Did the WBC blow some more smoke? As far as Mauricio Sulaimon’s promise “to report these awful anomalies, dangerous mismatches and hoping to prevent misfortune leading to tragedy,” the WBC President did not fan the fire. With so many uneven matches taking place on that same night, in that same week, the WBC refrained from making any comments. 

It’s important to point out the boxers and coaches from San Diego’s 60 boxing gyms have very close ties with Tijuana’s 50 boxing gyms.

From Downtown San Diego, you are just 20 minutes from the border.

It is now up to the remaining Boxing Promoters from this area to revisit their paperwork issues from past shows and make the corrections. After making similar arrangements, similar presentations to Box Rec, they too can have their results accepted and posted online, so the many boxers involved can benefit from the proper recognition. If not, Box Rec will have to hire a modern-day Sherlock Holmes to make any sense of these record-keeping issues.


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