By Rick Reeno
According to Greg Sirb, executive director for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, the investigation into last month's exhibition bout between heavyweights Alexander Povetkin and Bruce Seldon, has concluded.
BoxingScene reported last week that Povetkin stopped Seldon in four rounds of action on July 29 in Philadelphia. The exhibition bout went unreported by most media outlets. Sauerland Event [who promote Povetkin] were unaware of the exhibition until reports began to surface in the Russian press.
The PA commission disclosed their findings, and labeled the Povetkin-Seldon meeting as a "glorified sparring session."
"We checked into it, and we classified it as a glorified sparring session," Sirb told BoxingScene.com. "We looked at it in, out, across, around, and it was a training program and a glorified sparring session."
According to multiple reports in Russia, including a ringside report by one journalist who witnessed the actual fight, the bout playing out as a "normal contest." The two boxers, according to multiple descriptions - used normal gloves, had no head gear and a referee called the action. Seldon was dropped three times before the ref waved it off in the fourth.
Sirb was very evasive when questioned about the details of the "sparring session." When BoxingScene asked him about the "lack of head gear" and the "size of the gloves" and "Seldon getting stopped in four rounds" - Sirb would echo the same two responses - "glorified sparring session" and/or "part of a training program."
Sirb acknowledged that Povetkin's trainer, Teddy Atlas, was "at the event." That brings up the question, was it "an event" or a "glorified sparring session?" Sirb did not elaborate.
A report by Fight Fax indicates that Seldon has been suspended since August 13, 2009 for an incident involving a drug test result in Illinois. The test is related to the nine round KO loss to Fres Oquendo from July 24, 2009.