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Promoter not happy

Moiz Munif
Thursday, March 08, 2018

BOXING Commission of Fiji (BCF) has advised Majesty Promotions to seek a replacement for Iraqi boxer Sivan Hermez who is scheduled to fight Joseph Kwadjo on March 17 at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.

New Zealand-based Hermez who is believed to be suspended by three different boxing bodies in Australia and New Zealand is not permitted to fight until April after losing on a technical knockout in a contest in February this year.

Sara Bulutani Mataitawakilai, the BCF chairman, said they had changed their decision after earlier sanctioning the bout.

"BCF worked tirelessly with our NZ contacts on Sivan Hermez over the last three weeks. We finally managed to get a response from PBCNZ (Professional Boxing Commission of New Zealand) president in NZ that Sivan Hermez is still under the 45-60 days stand down rule following his TKO in his recent fight in February 2018," he said.

"That was the information BCF was waiting for and we have now reverted our initial decision by sanctioning the fight earlier, but have advised the promoter to look for an alternative opponent for Joseph Kwadjo," Mataitawakilai said.

This has not come down well with Majesty boxing promoter Sudesh Ram.

"Before sanctioning the fight BCF should have known whether they should sanction this fight or not.

"I have paid the money and have the agreement signed and fight sanctioned through boxing commission," Ram said.

"If this does not happen then I'm taking BCF to task. I'm not going to take things lightly, it is not easy to get a opponent for Joseph, if someone is able to find me an opponent I'm willing to pay him $2000 as a tip to get me an opponent overnight.

"The fight is happening whether BCF is allowing it or not. Joseph is jumping in the ring and 80 per cent chance Sivan will also jump unless they have some other powers to stop him. I have already told this to BCF, Sivan is coming and will be in the ring."

When contacted on Monday Benjamin Thomas Watt a BoxRec official shared some light on the boxer.

"On August 25th 2017, Sivan fought in Australia against Mark Kassab. He lost the fight by TKO and got suspended due to multiple knockouts in a row for 60 days.

"During his suspension he fought twice in New Zealand. The reason why he fought in New Zealand is because the New Zealand professional boxing association weren't notified by the professional boxing and combat sports board of Victoria.

"It is also the job of the boxer to notify the local boxing commission that he was suspended which Sivan failed to do," he said.

"After Sivan fought Gunnar Jackson, the professional boxing and combat sports board of Victoria found out and issued a permanent suspension for breaking their suspension.

"New Zealand national boxing federation recognised that suspension.

"Once you get suspended in boxing you not allowed to fight anywhere in the world until the suspension is finished," Watt said.

The Box Rec official said Hermez was later given a clearance by PBCNZ to fight in Australia.

"His fight in Australia ended by TKO and the Australian national boxing federation issued him a knockout suspension which ends in April 18th. " Watt said.

"Currently Sivan Hermez is suspended indefinitely by Victoria combat and boxing authority in Australia due to fighting while under their original knockout suspension in NZ. NZNBF has also indefinitely suspended him."

BCF on other hand said the suspensions by the professional bodies were irrelevant to Fiji.

"BCF is not associated to any professional boxing body in Australia or NZ, but there is a recognised partnership with PBCNZ through its Commissioner, and also BCF technical adviser Faiyaz Khan.

Thus Sivan Hermez's suspension by those boxing bodies will be irrelevant to us," he said.

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