It looks as though the issues with the cancelation of this weekend’s Shine III have followed over into the new week. Matchmaker Ron Foster announced his resignation from Shine after disorder and speculation followed this weekends event North Carolina. The NCBA (North Carolina Boxing Authority) also stated that the reason for the cancelation had nothing to do with the issues surrounding Ricardo Mayorga.
This morning, Foster announced that he was leaving the organization and e-mailed fighters and their managers stating that he was resigning in his duties as matchmaker for Shine Fights,”because of the actions that took place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday I no longer feel that Shine Fights is the place for me.”
Saturday was full of speculation as to why the NCBA had called off the event, but Executive Director Ken Pike and Superintendent Terrence Merriweather answered MMA Weekly’s questions as to why the event was canceled.
“There were concerns about fighter safety and well being, that’s why the fight was canceled,” said Merriweather on Monday. “What we’re talking about specifically is failing to have a doctor at the event, at the time for the fighters to be seen before the fights had started.”
The two men explained that in the state of North Carolina it’s the responsibility of the organization to provide the doctor and one was not on sight for the event. A financial problem became and issue as well according to Pike and Merriweather.
“North Carolina rules and (regulations) require the promoter to have all purse amounts to the boxing authority two hours before the first match-up, and those requirements were not met,” said Merriweather.
The full purse is funds to cover all bout agreements, which had to be paid to the boxing commission before the event to guarantee fighters would be paid and according to the Boxing Authority, these commitments were not met.
And according to sources at the event, fans were already seated for the fight when the commission decided to cancel and refunds should be given out this week.
Fighters on the card were told they would be paid, but different fighters would get paid a different percentage of their fight purse “depending on their contractual obligations set forth when fight deals were signed.”