17 March, 2018, 12:00 am
BOXING Commission of Fiji (BCF) has cancelled the fight between Iraqi Sivan Hermez and Joseph Kwadjo scheduled for today at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, 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.
There were exchange of words during the weigh-in at Sukuna Park in the Capital City yesterday as the BCF cancelled the fight.
Chairman Sara Bulutani Mataitawakilai had made it clear to Hermez and promoter Sudesh Ram that they will not allow him to step on the scale today (yesterday) to fight tomorrow (today) because he has not been given the clearance from Professional Boxing Council of New Zealand.
“We respect other boxing body and we are an independent boxing body and we cannot go against the decision which is given by PBCNZ to clear Hermez to fight and that is final,” he said.
“The commission’s stand on the decision of not allowing Hermez to step in the ring as he is yet to produce the clearance from PBCNZ as we were working together with the promoter in regards to this issue.”
Meanwhile Ram said they had received an email in regards to Hermez’s medical report saying that he was fit to fight Kwadjo.
“I’ve spent a lot of money bringing him here and he has his medical report, he doesn’t need any clearance to fight even in Australia and I don’t know why Fiji is asking for that.”
“All this time we were getting yes talk and now suddenly the decision has been turned down.
“There have been a lot of wrong advices coming from wrong people and they are listening to them, I don’t understand why they are doing this.”
Meanwhile both boxers were disappointed and as for Hermez, if given the clearance, he still wants to fight Kwadjo.