Cotto-Urkal: World Boxing Association didn't approve open scoring

PANAMÁ, March 5, 2007 - The World Boxing Association (WBA) wants to let boxing fans, media and public in general know that it has never approved the implementation of the "open scoring" system during the WBA Welterweight championship fight between Miguel Cotto and Oktay Urkal, last Saturday in Puerto Rico..

Without any prior official communication, during the rules' meeting that took place after the weigh-in ceremony, Jose Peñagaricano, president of Puerto Rico Boxing Commission, informed the WBA supervisor, Mr. Jose Oliver Gomez, that the open scoring system would be in effect, which was taken with great surprise by the WBA.

Mr. Peñagaricano said that such system was a rule of the Puerto Rico Commission, after what Mr. Gomez formally requested to have a copy of such rules, which never happened.

After this unfortunate situation the WBA wants to make it clear that it has not approved or supported the implementation of this system last Saturday, as it simply is not part of our rules.

Article posted on 05.03.2007

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