So, if Canelo Alvarez is suspended and will possibly, ok, probably stay suspended, which will render him disqualified from fighting on May 5 in Las Vegas, can’t he and his people just try to find another jurisdiction with less strict regulations?
California and NY have made allowances for boxers with banned chemicals in their blood leading into their planned prize fights, and have allowed the show to go on despite one athlete having gotten snagged on a PED tripwire.
But the Vegas Commission, people are saying, is backed into a corner, because of the Sept. 2016 rules revamp, which worked to sharpen their collective teeth when it comes to administering punishments and maintaining guidelines so that the playing fields the fighters fight on are even as possible.
So, what if they just all decide, Team Canelo and Team GGG, to pull up stakes and take the tent elsewhere?
Wouldn’t another state like to play host, grab that revenue, from all the incoming traffic, all the monies collected from taxing this and that? Surely; states undercut each other all the time, in trying to attract businesses to set up shop on their turf. But a 2005 regulation overhaul put in place by the Association of Boxing Commissions seems to curtail just this sort of action. The ABC kicked in to gear around that time in really trying to tighten up the sport, and have more uniformity in application of rules, from state to state.
Common sense decency, really; who wants to see Joe Boxer get knocked out in Idaho Friday and then travel to Iowa, and get kayoed the following Saturday?
More reciprocity meant states now recognize each others’ commissions rulings, more so, and that’s why if Canelo is suspended in Nevada, California, and New York and everyone in the ABC will abide by the Nevada ring.
So, sorry. You won’t see Texas, or Cali, or New Hampshire raise their hand and beckon Canelo and crew to their turf, so the show can go on, as originally planned, May 5.