The Virginia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Program’s decision to deny Shine Fights a promoter’s license last Friday was based on the promotion’s inability to provide mandatory documents, including evidence of a surety bond to cover fighters’ purses, said Mary Broz-Vaughan, director of communications for the Dept. of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
A Shine Fights event originally scheduled for this Friday at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., was relocated to the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla., over the weekend.
The event, which plans to host an eight-man, one-night tournament, will be held on sovereign land outside of the Oklahoma Sate Athletic Commission’s jurisdiction. The First Council Casino does not have its own commission body to regulate combat sports events, said a representative on Tuesday. Details of any requirements Shine will have to complete with the casino to hold the show were not readily available.
In Virginia, Broz-Vaughan said the regulatory body worked diligently with the Florida-based promotion up until last Thursday to approve its licensure, even allotting the promotion an extension past the 30-day deadline organizations have to hand in all necessary documentation.
Shine was either late or unable to provide complete medical records and test results, as well as fighters’ professional records, said Broz-Vaughan.
“We were begging for information from them on Tuesday,” said Broz-Vaughan. “We just can’t put on an event without the required documents.”
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