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The California State Athletic Commission came down hard on Antonio Silva for flouting his steroid suspension and fighting in Japan last weekend, but they also proposed to fine and suspend his manager, American Top Team’s Alex Davis, for setting up the bout. Davis isn’t taking the action lying down however, as he told us this afternoon that he plans to pursue the matter in civil court.
“We’ve got to. I don’t see any other options at this point,” said Davis, who maintains that he can prove Silva’s innocence on the steroid charges. “We’re going to go through civil court.”
Davis described the CSAC’s action against himself and Silva’s cornermen as an attempt to “extend their jurisdiction to the whole world,” and said Silva was motivated by financial necessity to take a fight in Japan after the CSAC turned down his appeal on the steroid charges.
“Antonio has acromegaly. He has to treat it. He spends between $6,000 and $8,000 a month just on medicine for it,” Davis said. “He needs to be able to keep fighting to make a living. If it’s between Antonio’s health and pleasing the athletic commission, we have to choose his health.”