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Florida State Boxing Commission Will Not Investigate EliteXC Bribery Sketchiness

(Money well spent.)

It looks like all our outrage was for naught. Speaking on behalf of the Florida State Boxing Commission, Department of Business and Professional Regulation press secretary Alexis Antonacci told MMA Weekly that the FSBC does not interpret Seth Petruzelli‘s recent interview comments as evidence of fight fixing:

“We take Petruzelli’s comments to mean that he got paid more to move up in the card, which is accurate and perfectly within the regulations. Because without someone, him in this case, stepping in to be part of the main event, the event would not have gone off…We don’t believe any wrongdoing occurred. That being said, if someone believes that wrongdoing did occur, they can file a complaint with the commission, with the department, and we will look into it.”

According to Antonacci, one or more FSBC officials were present during the negotiations between EliteXC and Petruzelli, and had verified there was no impropriety.

Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer — who may be biased due to his long association with the UFC, but whaddya gonna do — sees it another way. As he told MMA Weekly:

“Hypothetically, if that happened, and we found out later that one of the fighters or both were told, ‘look, you need to fight a certain way,’ or some incentive not to utilize part of your skills, I would file a complaint. I would file a complaint against the promoter; I would probably file a complaint against the athlete as well.”

On the bright side, this sport doesn’t need a scandal right now. Without more proof than some tossed-off remarks on a morning zoo radio show, it’s probably for the best that this all went away. (Though if you want to take Antonacci up on her offer and file a complaint with the commission, go for it…)

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KTFO- October 8, 2008 at 4:41 am
I too wanted to make mention of the fact that Bimbo Spice couldn't take down the ref. That's some funny shit there. It also makes it impossible in the post fight interview to say you weren't hurt that bad, or it was stopped early when you're trying to take down the wrong person! I know it gets confusing, but there is only two other people in the cage with you, one of them you can't fight.

Maybe Elite is good for something: Comic Relief.
Eugene- October 8, 2008 at 12:58 am
Kimbo still has no ground game. He couldn't even take down the 60 year old ref!
Panger- October 7, 2008 at 7:54 pm
Who Cares! Kimbo Lost Hooooooray!!!!!
Anonymous- October 7, 2008 at 7:52 pm
when was that pic taken? what's the deal?
tricky dicky- October 7, 2008 at 7:11 pm
maybe y'all can sponsor an online petition and get your e-cause further..

Tyrone Shoelaces- October 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm
i think i'd have the commission enquire if the crew of one of the fighters repeatedly threathened the wife and trainers of another fighter. Id also like to know if organizers ordered the winner to stop celebrating because things were turning ugly.
i think fines, barring certain unsavory elements and rethinking ringside security and looking at crowd control is kinda just as important. was the crowd Detroit basketball ready to riot?
how long till we have one team holding pictures of the opponents kids and insinuating that a dive would spare their lives?
what? you think cowards who threathen women are morals or standards?

seems like you guys are going out of the way to say 'criminals will be criminals' and happy to sweep it under the rug. because we all know that you cant do two things at the same time. that would require too much...
pookysdabomb- October 7, 2008 at 4:24 pm
is it just me, or did anyone else notice the good sprawl on the ref? He never went down..... or maybe Kimbo doesn't have a good take down....either or BRUTAL
ninja stick- October 7, 2008 at 1:23 pm
Dimbo " please,please make the bad man go away!"

kimbo "i no you got my money here somewheres!"
Bilbo McFonzie- October 7, 2008 at 1:10 pm
Sorry- I meant to say "scandals (see: Mitchell Report) that plagued Major League Baseball as a result of steroids for proof of that." You probably figured that out though.
Bilbo McFonzie- October 7, 2008 at 1:06 pm
"It's probably for the best that this all went away" is not that right attitude to have when it comes to protecting the integrity of the sport. Look no further than the scandals (see: Mitchell Report) that plagued Major League Baseball for proof of that. What hurts the sport in the short term could potentially save a lot of trouble in the long term. That said, it does seem conceivable that Petruzelli could have been referring to a knockout bonus. However, if you read his comments verbatim it looks like something more sinister. As to whether that's enough to warrant an investigation, I have no idea.
UFC fan- October 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm
personally its a matter of giving a flying fuck............of which I don't.