The Texas Boxing Commision Pulled My Card!
I was on the card to fight Rene Nalasco (TX amateur mma rules) at the Crowne Plaza in Addison this Saturday, the 20th.
I received a voice mail last night from the promoter (and a heck of a nice guy) Steve Armstrong.
He turned in his event card to the commision and when the commision called him back they informed him that I fought pro in 2001 and am therefore considered "pro" and am not allowed to fight as an amateur in Texas
My "pro" event, the FX Toughman.
The Toughman is billed as an all amateur event.
Certainly pros (on the down low) do fight in the FX Toughman.
In my event, a 79-3 amateur took my division (he KO'd me in the semi) and a pro kickboxer took the heavy weight division.
Still the majority of fighters were amateur.
So, this 1 event blew my eligibility.
Steve Armstrong told the commision, "But he has been fighting as an amateur in Texas" (2 AAU San Shou fights and 2 Renegades MMA)
And the commision said," It was an oversight that we didn't catch this sooner"
The way I see it, I have 2 different avenues to explore
1. Fight amateur an another state - Does anyone know if my eligibility is screwed elsewhere also?
2. Fight Pro - I do like the safety of the TX amateur rules (Pancrase). Does anyone know of a pro circut with these rules?
Thank you all
Love and Respect!!
Oh yeh, and Kimbo did have a neat jab catch with his left hand (catching Gannon's southpaw jab)
And while Gannon's boxing didn't appear overtly technical, his tie ups, strikes from the clinch, use of angles and his generalmanship were amazing. IMO Gannon demostrated that he is a very experienced fighter.