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6/11/09 2:24 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/11/09

PRESS RELEASE

The Association of Boxing Commissions, a non-profit organization of state and tribal boxing commissions located throughout North American, has denounced as “unwarranted and illegal” a boxing match scheduled to be held in Birmingham, Alabama this coming Saturday, June 13 between former UFC champion Tim Silva (boxing debut) and former WBO world boxing heavyweight champion Ray Mercer (now, 48 years old). In the absence of a currently operating boxing / athletic commission in Alabama, the boxing match was to be regulated by a representative of the River Cree Combative Sports Commission, a tribal boxing commission located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and the bout was to be refereed by John McCarthy, a renowned MMA referee who, it is believed, to date, has not been licensed as a boxing referee.

Tim Lueckenhoff, the President of the ABC, noted that the contest between Silva and Mercer had been turned down by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board as an MMA contest and as a boxing match in March, 2009; however, when it later was proposed as an MMA contest, as opposed to a boxing match, in Alabama, the ABC did not have the authority to stop it. Yesterday, when it was learned that the Silva – Mercer contest would be conducted as a boxing match (in a cage) in Alabama, Mr. Lueckenhoff, noting that the federal law and its requirements then became applicable, said, “the ABC has not been requested to supervise, and it is not supervising, this boxing match.”

Bruce C. Spizler, the Chairman of the ABC Legal Committee, referencing provisions first enacted by Congress in 1996 as part of the Professional Boxing Safety Act, stated that no person may promote, or fight in, a professional boxing match held in a state that does not have a boxing commission unless the match is supervised (regulated) by a commission from another state or tribe in the U.S. which is authorized by state or tribal law to regulate professional boxing matches; and if no such commission is available to supervise the boxing match, the boxing match may not be held unless it is supervised by the ABC. “Canadian boxing commissions are not authorized to supervise boxing matches in the U.S.; and, patently, it is wholly inappropriate for one representative from a Canadian boxing commission, together with an MMA referee, to supervise a boxing match,” Mr. Spizler said.

Greg Sirb, Past President of the ABC, contacted the River Cree Combative Sports Commission and MMA referee John McCarthy to reiterate the illegalities and improprieties attendant to the Silva – Mercer boxing match. Last night, in the aftermath of the advisements and protestations of Mr. Sirb, the representative from the River Cree, as well as MMA referee John McCarthy, withdrew from the scheduled Silva – Mercer boxing match.
6/11/09 2:26 PM
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atleast they got tim's last name right
6/11/09 2:26 PM
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 Yes, but what does the American Broadcast Corporation think about it?
6/11/09 2:28 PM
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TTT, important stuff
6/11/09 2:29 PM
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 at least he has Buentello to look forward to
6/11/09 2:30 PM
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It seems to be back on ass an MMA match according to Silvias's web page or myspace.
6/11/09 2:37 PM
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"It seems to be back on ass an MMA match according to Silvias's web page or myspace."

 
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6/11/09 2:43 PM
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Sylvia now wins if it is mma *lol*
6/11/09 2:46 PM
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Sylvia just lucked the hell out.
6/11/09 2:47 PM
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Wow...isn't great that a bureaucrat from one STATE is pushing to have the Federal Gov interfere with the intra-state business of another state.................

Our Constitution means nothing nowadays............
6/11/09 2:49 PM
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 Thanks Mr Kizer
6/11/09 2:49 PM
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P.S. when is the ABC Rules meeting? Pretty soon correct?
6/11/09 2:50 PM
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JonnyW - It seems to be back on ass an MMA match according to Silvias's web page or myspace.

 Holy spelling fail.
6/11/09 2:51 PM
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 Will it be an "MMA" fight without take downs, elbows, kicks, submissions, or knees?
6/11/09 2:52 PM
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^^^^^ Was thinking the same thing.
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obviously going to remain a boxing match...
6/11/09 2:55 PM
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HATERS!!

What kind of world do we live in where a gentleman's contest under Marquess of Queensberry rules is deemed unfit for public consumption, and so is changed to the brutal spectacle of human cockfighting? 

This is Thunderdome!  You blew it up, damn you all! You blew it up! Soylent Green is people! Fuck!

6/11/09 2:57 PM
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"Our Constitution means nothing nowadays..." True.

But if you want it to mean something, you must accept it's limitations placed on government policy you LIKE too.

Couldn't they just make it an MMA match, with a gentlemen's agreement not to go to the ground?
6/11/09 3:02 PM
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Couldn't they just make it an MMA match, with a gentlemen's agreement not to go to the ground?

This will probably happen--but is Tim Sylvia gentleman enough to abide by a gentleman's agreement?  This contract had better be sealed with a spit handshake and witnessed by two seconds (a second and a third, as it were) to prevent this cockfighter from resorting to the dirty tactics of his barbaric game.
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If it's being switched to MMA then why not get Tim someone more competitive than Ray Mercer?

It seems like this whole event was based on seeing if Tim can box with someone like Mercer (which never made sense cuz it's not like Mercer is a boxing test anymore as a 48 yr old bum now).

If this is moved to MMA then putting Tim vs Ray Mercer in MMA is a tragedy and an embarassment...

6/11/09 3:06 PM
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DavidOblas - 

If it's being switched to MMA then why not get Tim someone more competitive than Ray Mercer?

It seems like this whole event was based on seeing if Tim can box with someone like Mercer (which never made sense cuz it's not like Mercer is a boxing test anymore as a 48 yr old bum now).

If this is moved to MMA then putting Tim vs Ray Mercer in MMA is a tragedy and an embarassment...


 So they have a problem with Big Timmy boxing with a 0-0 record but they have no problem with Mercer fighting in MMA with an 0-0 record? (An 0-1 record if you count his exhibition fight).

Doesn't make any fucking sense. 

In a boxing match it would look like:

Ray Mercer ( 44-7-1) vs. Tim Sylvia (0-0)

In MMA

Ray Mercer (0-0) vs. Tim Sylvia (24-5)

This is just dumb either way.
6/11/09 3:12 PM
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MMA cannot be regulated in Alabama. So by switching to MMA they don't have to answer to any commission or regulatory body.

But if they switch to MMA and do Tim Silvia vs Ray Mercer....wow.....
6/11/09 3:14 PM
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pssst, it just to allow for the fight to happen. AGAIN, not a reall mma and MERCER KILLS SYLVIA...
6/11/09 3:20 PM
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DavidOblas - 

If it's being switched to MMA then why not get Tim someone more competitive than Ray Mercer?

It seems like this whole event was based on seeing if Tim can box with someone like Mercer (which never made sense cuz it's not like Mercer is a boxing test anymore as a 48 yr old bum now).

If this is moved to MMA then putting Tim vs Ray Mercer in MMA is a tragedy and an embarassment...



just curious as to why Ray Mercer is a bum? I have not followed his post boxing life.
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rushinbear - 
DavidOblas - 

If it's being switched to MMA then why not get Tim someone more competitive than Ray Mercer?

It seems like this whole event was based on seeing if Tim can box with someone like Mercer (which never made sense cuz it's not like Mercer is a boxing test anymore as a 48 yr old bum now).

If this is moved to MMA then putting Tim vs Ray Mercer in MMA is a tragedy and an embarassment...



just curious as to why Ray Mercer is a bum? I have not followed his post boxing life.


didn't you know that all fighers become bums when they get older? I mean even gold medal olympians that are 44 and 7.

Look at how the TUF newbs shun Ken Shamrock.

wait till hughes turns 40. he'll have sucked the whole time by then 

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