Magpupulong ang Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) sa United States upang matigil na ang garapalang pandaraya sa professional boxing na tulad nang nangyari kay Pinoy boxer Manny Pacquiao na naagawan ng WBO welterweight title ng Amerikanong si Timothy Bradley kahit nadominahan ang kabuuan ng laban noong nakaraang Linggo sa Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ayon sa pangulo ng BPA na si Joe DeGuardia, hihilingin niya na dumalo ang kinatawan ng bawat athletic commission sa iba’t ibang estado para mapataas ang antas sa praktis ng mga hurado sa boksing.
“I’m mad as hell at this Pacquiao-Bradley decision, and I’m going to do something beyond kicking and screaming and then waiting for the next goof up,“ sinabi ni DeGuardia kay Michael Woods ng ESPN.com. “There’s call to action. We have to go forward, do things that need to be done to protect boxers from the people who are supposed to be protecting them, the regulators.“
Pinadalhan din ni DeGuardia ng sulat ang 60 malalaking promoter sa buong Amerika para maiwasto ang sitwasyon sa isports na nababatikan ng korupsiyon.
“We have a sport in which the people who have the most interest in maintaining the credibility of the sport and its financial strength have no input whatsoever on who the officials are. We’re going to make sure we take the steps to correct these types of things,“ giit ni DeGuardia.
Sa kopya ng sulat ni DeGuardia na inilathala ng NYFightBlog ay isinaad niya ang ganito:
“On Saturday night there was another decision rendered in a major fight (Pacquaio-Bradley) that jeopardizes the sanctity of our sport and requires immediate action by the boxing world but especially the boxing promoters.
“The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) was formed to protect the integrity of the sport and force action upon the state regulators throughout the United States when warranted.
“The time has come for the promoters to take real action to remedy the all too often outlandish decisions made by State appointed referees and judges that effectively jeopardize the future of our sport, the fighters and the fans.“
Naniniwala si DeGuardia na malinis na tinalo ni Pacquiao si Bradley na naospital matapos ang sagupaan.
“We are no longer willing to tolerate the unprofessional, errant and what some perceive as corrupt scoring that has reached its boiling point with fighters, media and fans alike,“ dagdag ni DeGuardia. “To me, this judging issue is a vital part of our sport, and if the public believes there is something improper going on, we have to fix it.“ – Gilbert Espeña