Chicago, IL, Friday, August 1, 2014-Exciting super flyweight Johnny “Wite Boi” Determan of Omaha, NE, extended his perfect record to 8-0 with 7 KOs following a ruling by Nebraska’s Acting Athletic Commissioner Jim Haynes. Determan’s June 28th fight against Ernie Marquez had previously been ruled a “no contest” following a stoppage due to what had been alleged to be an “accidental head butt.”
“I have determined to change the result of the above bout from a ‘no decision’ to a Marquez loss by “technical knockout,’” wrote Haynes in a letter to Team Determan dated July 31, 2014.
“In my heart I knew the cut was caused due to a punch but it was ruled as an accidental head butt,” said Determan. “I’m not the kind of guy to complain, but the commission did the right thing in this one. It should have been a TKO from the beginning. On to the next one.”
Determan’s promoter Bobby Hitz praised the reversal by Nebraska’s boxing regulator.
“Too many times boxing commissions do not review bad decisions and as result penalize fighters for mistakes made by referees and judges,” said Hitz. “We applaud Mr. Haynes and the state of Nebraska for taking this matter seriously and ruling Johnny winner by TKO.”
Determan’s father and manager, John Determan, appealed to the commissioner to review the “no contest” and consider awarding the technical knockout instead of a no contest.
“My job as a manager is to take care of my fighter. I felt if the case was presented well the state would do the right thing,” the elder Determan stated. “Johnny had his fight in the ring, mine was outside the ring and we both won!”
As Johnny Determan awaits his next fight he can be found paroling the streets of Red Oak, TX where he was just sworn as a police officer after graduating from the police academy this summer.