I’ve had a pretty crummy day. You know, one of those days when nothing goes right, and it just puts you in a bad mood. Well, thank god for the Sylvia-Mercer story, because this latest development just made it much better.
From the beginning, the Sylvia-Mercer story has been nothing short of comical. First, it started out as a MMA bout, then it became a boxing match, which was subsequently rejected by the NJACB prompting Adrenaline promoter Monte Cox to move it to the unregulated state of Alabama (he says this was for sponsorship purposes). And let’s not forget Cox’s ingenius idea to hold the match in a cage. That’s not the end of it though. Today, only a few days before it’s scheduled to take place, the fight has come full circle as a MMA bout once again.
The best part is why though. In an effort to get some sort of commission to oversee the event, Cox was bringing in the Canadian-based River Cree Combative Sports Commission. But, as it turns out, Cox found out today that holding a boxing match not regulated by a US commission is illegal. (Stop laughing, I’m not done) If I understand this correctly, the ABC, which overseas all the commissions in the US and Canada, was never approached directly to regulate the fight, and was under the impression it would be a MMA bout and not a boxing match. And judging by the press release they issued when they found out, they weren’t too happy about it.
In a press release issued by the ABC on Thursday, the organization denounced the “unwarranted and illegal” boxing match. The release also noted that the River Cree commission, as well as referee John McCarthy, had withdrawn their involvement from the bout and event.
“Canadian boxing commissions are not authorized to supervise boxing matches in the U.S.; and, patently, it is wholly inappropriate for one representative from a Canadian boxing commission, together with an MMA referee, to supervise a boxing match,” said Bruce C. Spizler, chairman of the ABC legal committee in the release.
In case you were wondering, Big John said he was only going to officiate at the event if it was sanctioned.
This whole story has become the biggest clusterfuck I can remember since following this sport closely. If there was ever a sign—there were, multiple ones—that they should just cancel the fight, this is it. In a way though, I’m glad they haven’t. Why? Because I’d still be having a bad day.