By Rick Reeno
The California State Athletic Commission has denied any and all claims of investigating and/or documenting any findings which indicate manager/adviser Al Haymon was maneuvering to sabotage the events of his competitors in California.
The internet erupted several days ago when scribe Ivan Goldman penned a piece with Commissioner John Frierson of the CSAC regarding Haymon's business practices in California.
In the article, Frierson was alleged to have said - "[Haymon] was holding up the dates at the Forum and at Staples Center. We took that away. We’re the commission. We can stop it and we did.”
Frierson also added in the article - “When I was a youngster, gangsters ran boxing. Blinky Palermo and those guys. Now it’s a different crew in ties and suits, and they go around the law.”
But all of this information is news to John Carvelli, the Chairman of California State Athletic Commission.
Multiple sources have advised BoxingScene.com that Frierson is denying some of items were attributed to him - specifically that he indicated that Haymon and/or Haymon Boxing was busted for illegal practices.
The CSAC has been flooded with requests for documents related to their investigation on Haymon - but Carvelli says the investigation is non-existent.
"In regard to the article by Ivan Goldman attributing quotes to Commissioner John Frierson and for the purpose of clarifying the record, Commissioner Frierson was either misquoted or misunderstood. The Commission has not investigated Haymon Boxing, either formally or informally," Carvelli said in a statement to BoxingScene.com.
Haymon's company has other problems to deal with. Golden Boy Promotions filled a $300 million lawsuit against Haymon and his company. The documents claim the influential adviser is violating the Muhammad Ali Act, and the papers also allege unfair business practices to hurt his competitors. Earlier this week, Top Rank filed a similar lawsuit against Haymon for $100 million. Top Rank's legal documents outline allegations that Haymon is creating a monopoly environment to freeze out his competitors from television networks, venues and signing free agents.