(FEB 21) To Managers of Professional
I have filed a complaint with the WIBA in relation to the World
Title Bout between Hollie Dunaway and Melissa Shaffer that took
place this week, Thursday the 16th. My first complaint is that
this bout was held in violation of two basic WIBA rules.
These rules are listed under the section on the WIBA website titled:
10 BASIC RULES TO BE ENFORCED AT ALL WIBA CHAMPIONSHIP CONTESTS
Rule # Three is listed as: A WIBA representative must be present at
the weigh in and at the fight.
The WIBA did not follow its own rule Number three.
The WIBA was completely absent. Neither the President nor any WIBA
representative was available at the weigh in or the fight.
I expected to see someone from the WIBA and I assumed that the WIBA
would want to make sure and enforce rule number ten, which is listed
under:(Ten Basic Rules To Be Enforced at all WIBA Championship
Contests: and reads “Each fighter is required to take a urinalysis
following a TITLE BOUT”).
This particular bout involved a competitor who had been found in
violation of rules banning the use of anabolic steroids before in a
previous Title fight and had admitted to such.
But the WIBA was not there and was in violation of its own rule
(rule # three) and did not show up.
Since the WIBA was not there I went to the Missouri State
Representative and made him aware of our situation. He was
sympathetic but immediately told me that he did not come prepared to
enforce WIBA rules because no one told him there was going to be a
WIBA Title Fight and that NO, there would be no testing.
I’m sure that if the Missouri State official would have known there
was to be a WIBA Title Fight, he would have been prepared and would
have enforced WIBA rules. But because the WIBA wasn’t there and was
in violation of its own rule (Rule # Three) he did not.
In response to my complaint the WIBA simply stated that they had to
be somewhere else at another bout and that state of Missouri was
responsible for enforcing the WIBA rules.
In summary my complaint is that the WIBA does not follow its own
most Basic Rules and doesn’t enforce them either.
Neither I nor my team has ever been to a world title fight where
(and we’ve been to many) the sanctioning organization was not
present. I believe this is detrimental to the sport of women’s
boxing and is unprofessional behavior on the part of the WIBA.
Let Managers and Boxers be put on alert that in the future it may
actually be necessary to confirm that the sanctioning organization
of a World Title Fight will be present at the event to enforce its
Manager of Melissa Shaffer
And Owner of Ring Sports United
WBAN contacted Ryan Wissow of the
WIBA in regards to these concerns, and he told WBAN that he (Ryan)
tried to make it to the KC show, after the Trinidad event which was
scheduled for that same night was cancelled at the last minute, and
that he was not able to get to KC, so he had Arnie Rosenthal, who is
totally neutral and has no interest in either Dunaway or Shaffer,
act as the WIBA supervisor. Ryan told WBAN that he did not care if
Rosenthal was the promoter, because he had no financial interest in
either fighter. In regards to the post urinalysis test,
Ryan told WBAN, "for the record, Dunaway tested positive when she
fought for the WIBF title in Germany, it was not a WIBA affair, and
i'm not about to criticize the Missouri commission if fighters
didn't get a piss test."