Commission Takes Action After Boxer With HIV Falsified Medicals

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Athletic Commission will test fighters for communicable diseases after learning a boxer with the virus that causes AIDS fought in the state last month.

Television station KATV reports the tests will begin before a Dec. 16 bout at Fort Smith. At a Tuesday meeting, the panel said there wasn’t enough time to set rules before a Saturday mixed martial arts fight in Batesville.

The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combat Sports said Arkansas is the last state to impose mandatory testing. Director Mike Mazulli said the group had warned Arkansas that a boxer in last month’s bout had been suspended in Florida because of his HIV status.

Arkansas officials said the unidentified boxer provided a clean medical record, but the panel discovered later it had been falsified.

“We’re looking at pursuing this matter with the appropriate authorities that could look into such matters as falsification of public documents,” Arkansas commission attorney Reginald Rogers said.

Under new rules, fighters would be tested for three types of hepatitis along with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Commissioner Daniel Dring said the panel would attempt to determine how many people may have been exposed to the fighter.

“We’ve never had this issue,” Dring said. “It’s horrible that it happened, that somebody intentionally falsified records.”


IN OTHER NEWS: The GB Boxing Championships 2017 on Thursday 7 December will be available to watch live on free-to-air television and online via the BBC’s live sport streaming service.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Motorcity Cobra on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=The Akbar One;18315886]Not sure. Proving infection itself doesn't hold up in a court of law most times that the methods for diagnosis, and actual transmission are questioned under oath. You'd be surprised how so called HIV experts, and doctors sing…

Comment by The D3vil on 12-10-2017

[QUOTE=joe strong;18310045]About 10 years ago in my country of Canada there was a former CFL (Canadian Football League) player who knew he had HIV & he went around sleeping with women. He infected a few. There was also another guy…

Comment by petero on 12-09-2017

[QUOTE=rizkybizness;18310465]another case of liberal utopia, no biggie.[/QUOTE] Yeah im in cali the land of the most vile liberal lunatics, and they are everywhere. Unbelievable clueless people to put it blunt. It does create uphoric laughter i will say but it…

Comment by Bjl12 on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=TheUntouchable;18311588]Out of curiosity, has there ever been a case of an HIV infection in a fight, in a ring or on the streets?[/QUOTE] Not that I know of, but it would be very hard to prove. Very, very hard. Although…

Comment by Bjl12 on 12-08-2017

[QUOTE=petero;18310275]California just passed a law that if a person hiv+ knowingly exposes another instead of it being a felony it is now a misdeamener offence. WTF is that, very sick people passing laws. Boxing and blood is a serious thing…

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