Add another “black eye” in boxing
by Bill Rivas
/Online News Sources
March 6, 2012
On Saturday night, March 3, 2012, at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports
Complex in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines, in the main event, a scam of a fight
took place in men’s boxing when featherweight Filipino boxer Rey “Boom Boom”
Bautista, was duped into fighting another “Genaro 'Panterita' Garcia”
and not the intended opponent, “Genaro 'Poblanito' Garcia”, in a non-title
ten rounder on the card.
Whether this was a men's bout,
or a female bout, it hurts boxing in general, as if we do not
have enough problems in the sport.
The bogus matchup between Bautista, and the wrong “Garcia” bout
lasted two rounds, with Garcia going down twice in the
second round before getting stopped at 1:24 by KO.
have been a real test for Rey Bautista---ended up being nothing
more than a mere joke of a fight, and inadvertently disgrace to
the world of boxing.
Prior to the fight taking place, boxing writer Ronnie Nathanielsz wrote
the following: “ALA Promotions patron Tony Aldeguer and his son Michael
Aldeguer discovered after the weigh-in when Garcia was four
pounds over the 128 pound limit that he was not the fighter with
a record of 37-8 with 21 knockouts who had fought eight world
champions and whom they had contracted to fight because they
wanted Bautista to fight a quality opponent and had made it
clear in their communications with the Mexican matchmaker/agent
they had dealt with in the past.”
Nathanielsz added in his report that the fight would go on as scheduled, but
that the respected promotional outfit regarded as No.1 in the
Philippines is certain to demand drastic action by the Mexican
Boxing Commission against Correa for swindling ALA Promotions by
When the "fake" was confronted about not being the
same fighter as the one displayed on the fight poster and other
promotional materials, "fake" told the media (according to news
reports) that he was not the same boxer. Apparently he
embellished his record a tad bit to 28-8,
not 10-11 as reported on Boxrec.
WBC to investigate this scam….
WBC sent out a press release earlier today stating the following: “The
World Boxing Council was informed by Philippines boxing
authorities about an alleged fraud that took place during the
bout between local Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and Mexican Genaro
“Poblanito” Garcia who was defeated by KO in the second round.
The issue was that “Poblanito” Garcia was not the fighter who
faced Bautista, but another boxer named Genaro Gutierrez Garcia.
Hugo Correa has been called to have a hearing to clarify all
this matter; he was the promoter who made the deal with the
Philippines and which will be investigated till last
Photo credit: WBC Press Release
It has also been reported
that ALA Promotions were being honorable in the
fact that they refunded all “sold” tickets to everyone who was
in attendance this night. The promoter decided to make the fight
free after they discovered that the Mexican Agents sent the
wrong Genaro Garcia to the match. The real opponent “Poblanito”
had a 38-8 (22KO) record. The “Imposter” boxer “Panterita” was
in fact 10-11. After the fight, the paid ticket holders couldn’t
get to the counter quick enough to get a refund.
ALA Promotions said that it was a big loss for them, but
Sources: Bautista Victim of
Switch Scandal in Genaro Garcia Bout -By Ronnie Nathanielsz;
WBC Press Release; Article on Phil Star.com
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