In a situation which reflects the dangers of a boxer being self promoted, Biebut Shumenov through the company of which he is President, has failed to pay the purse of his opponent, Gabriel Campillo. The Campillo/Shumenov Light Heavyweight Title bout took place on August 14 in Kazakhstan and Campillo defeated Shumenov in 12 rounds, knocking Shumenov down.
Shumenov claims that Champion Campillo should have gone directly to a drug testing station but the Supervisor of the bout, Guy Jutras of Canada, has put a lie to that contention, writing in his report of the bout:
“FROM THE MOMENT MR. CAMPILLO LEFT THE RING AFTER THE BOUT, UNTIL THE URINE TEST WAS COMPLETED … HE (CAMPILLO) NEVER LEFT OUR SIGHT EXCEPT FOR THE BRIEF PERIOD OF SOME TEN SECONDS (AS MENTIONED ABOVE) WHEN HE (CAMPILLO) ENTERED THE SHOWER ROOM IN HIS OWN DRESSING ROOM AND EXITED THAT SHOWER STALL IMMEDIATELY UPON BEING ASKED TO DO SO. (Capitalization in the original)
I can categorically state without any hesitation that Mr. Campillo was given no opportunity to escape Judge Procopio’s and or my own diligent observations of his (Campillo’s) every move and whereabouts except for the ‘ten seconds’ referred to which Judge Procopio and I took to enter the shower and request him to leave.
… After reviewing and diligently analyzing the events as described in this and my previous reports, along with Judge Procopio’s written report, I feel confident that the comportment of Mr. Campillo and his team as related to the urine test was in full compliance with the WBA Rules.” (Emphasis added).
Pasquale Procopio, one of the judges and the person assigned to escort Mr. Campillo to the anti doping test has also written a report fully supporting Jutras’ version of events.
Mr. Campillo passed the ensuing drug test. The doping control officer signed a form in which he represented that the test was taken in a fully satisfactory manner.
Mr. Campillo has, through his counsel Patrick C. English, submitted papers to the WBA in which he points out that Shumenov is self-promoted and that his actions show the pitfalls of this.
In his petition to the WBA to have Shumenov’s promotional status stripped, Campillo, through his counsel wrote:
“It is completely clear that Campillo has not been paid because he violated Shumenov Rule 1. He beat him. Obviously Shumenov felt that because he was the favorite, because he was the promoter, and because he was on home turf, Campillo was supposed to “take a dive.” Campillo didn’t and to punish him in direct contravention of his attorney’s written words and the words of the officers of his promotional company [after the bout both promised in writing to pay Campillo] he has not paid his opponent. For a person in boxing this is as despicable an act as there is.”