NSAC Claims Hearn Violated Ali Act/Federal Law
Bob Bennett of the Nevada State Athletic Commission is furious at Matchroom Boxing Chairman Eddie Hearn following the actions of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Bennett accused Hearn of ‘potential violations of federal law’ and ‘violating the Ali Act’ in his dealings with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who avoided a VADA test prior to the announcement of Chavez’s December fight with Daniel Jacobs which moved from Las Vegas to Phoenix, Arizona.
In a statement, Bennett blasts Hearn for working with Chavez, who was suspended for evading the drug test, even though a fight between Jacobs and Chavez was not signed.
“Based on Matchroom’s ongoing dealings with Chavez while he has been on suspension, it is apparent that Matchroom has violated Nevada law,” Bennett wrote in the statement.
“Further, given that Chavez’s suspension is based on his refusal to submit to a drug test requested by the NSAC. Thus an anti-doping violation. It is apparent that the event scheduled to occur in Arizona on December 20, 2019, is in violation of the Ali Act.”
Bennett took things further, claiming that Matchroom went beyond the limits of the law.
“As such, Matchroom is promoting an event that potentially violates federal law,” Bennett continued.
“On November 7, 2019, I contacted Shaun Palmer, Matchroom’s Head of Legal and Business Affairs. I informed him of the legal issues with Matchroom’s dealings with Chavez discussed herein. “I further informed him of the potential consequences should Matchroom not take corrective measures to comply with Nevada law, including that a violation of Nevada law would be considered by the NSAC when deciding whether to renew Matchroom’s promoter’s license. “As of the date of this letter, the matters at issue have not been resolved. “Given the above, grounds exist to bring disciplinary action against Matchroom before the NSAC. “If Matchroom does not take the necessary action to come into compliance with Nevada law, our office will consider its options.”
Report: World Boxing News