19th August, 2011
Foremost boxing promoter, Don King, has showered the International Boxing Federation, IBF, with praises for taking swift action in ordering an immediate rematch of the world championship bout between Ghanaâ€™s Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares of Mexico.
The boxing promoter commended the federation for acting on time in determining that referee Russell Mora violated its rules by overlooking low blows against the Ghanaian boxer.
â€œThey wasted no time in determining that Russell Mora, the referee assigned to Agbeko vs. Mares, was in violation of their rules for ignoring repeated low blows against my fighter, Joseph Agbeko,â€ said King.
Don King extolled the IBF saying its action has confirmed what everyone has already known about the controversial bout.
â€œI commend theIBF President Daryl Peoples and its Championship Chairman Lindsey Tucker for confirming what everyone who witnessed the bout already knew. Too often, the first inclination when human frailty is exposed is to sweep it under the rug as though it never happened. â€œIt is to their credit that Mr. Peoples and Mr. Tucker confirmed that when obvious mistakes are made, itâ€™s best to recognise them and attempt to immediately right the wrongs,â€ said the boxing promoter.
Don King said the inappropriate conduct of the referee will have damaging effects on boxing and could bring discredit on world championship and the great state of Nevada which has hosted most boxing bouts. â€œThere should be an investigation to clear any and all doubts as to what occurred in this fight. The people deserve to know more about whatever caused this man to do what he did,â€ said King.
The promoter said it is sad to see the reputation being built by past members of Nevada State Athletic Commission which has brought boxing in the state to towering heights being tarnished overnight.
Meanwhile Don King has implored the state of Nevada to follow in the footsteps of the IBF by ensuring that fairplay is more important than anything else. â€œAfter all, they have an additional obligation to protect those making wagers by insuring that fair play is paramount in their state,” he said.