October 29th, 2009 By Pedro Fernandez
CAMPAS FIGHTS AT 38 BECAUSE OF PIMPS & CHEATS
San Francisco, CA- Although he has what is one of the best left hooks to the body in my boxing memory, Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas will never be justly compensated for his ability or tenure as a professional boxer. To put it bluntly, “Yory Boy” has been screwed more than a hooker working the poor side of town. And while some fighters screw themselves over time and again, this was not the case with this brave Aztec warrior. Born in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, in August 1971, Campas turned professional in 1987. I first saw Campas at work in the Tijuana Auditorium circa 1989 when he was about 18-0.
NEARLY AS GOOD AS JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ?
Not flashy, but ever so potent was his left hook to the body that opponent after opponent would fall victim to Yory’s “bread & butter” punch. Handled then by Guillermo Mayan, a promoter with a furniture outlet store, Campas learned his craft in an “on the job” manner. With almost every foe falling via KO, “Yory” looked like he had the goods to become a dominant champion at 147 lbs. What he lacked when compared to the great Julio Cesar Chavez was promotional backing.
ALMOST HAD TRINIDAD KNOCKED OUT
The first real test for the 56-0 Mexican was against Felix Trinidad (23-0) in 1994. Leading on two of the cards going into the fourth frame, Campas was halted in a quick “turn of the tables” after he had Trinidad hurt and ready to go. Without going into the ups and down of Campas’ career, he did win (1997 over Raul Marquez) the IBF 154 lb. title he would drop one year later drop to Fernando Vargas, we will instead fast forward to July 2005.
MONTANO TAKES CAMPAS’ LICENSE
In what seemed to be an illegal or unwarranted move, John Montano, ex-Arizona Boxing Commission Director, refused to license Campas for a July 2005 fight. This occurred at the weigh in. While Papa John really gave no reason, most feel this was Montano getting back at Joe Diaz, Yory’s sometime bombastic manager for creating a ruckus over promoter Peter McKinn’s screwing Campas out of $5 grand when he gave the fighter a (bounced) 2004 check that was never made good. (McKinn was indicted in early October 2009 for this check and is facing charges of Forgery, Perjury, Grand Theft, Conspiracy) In the meantime, Diaz, who was denied a license as well, was forced to take Campas to Mexico to get fights. During a late 2006 Athletic Commission meeting, one in which chairperson Mary “The Snake” Rose Wilcox had me removed from the room because I read the rules to an Ombudsman that was presiding over the matter, Yory got his license back.
FIGHTING THE GOLDEN BOY SHOULD’VE BEEN GOLDEN
Taking you back to 2001, Campas fought Oscar De La Hoya. From the get-go this fight had scandal written all over it. Campas received less than $100,000 from the fight that generated tens of millions worldwide. The contract, of which I have a copy, has all the earmarks of being tampered with. The purse amount, to my eyes looks like it was erased and $300,000 was written in. Like the faked Zapruder film of the JFK killing, the apparent alteration wasn’t even done in a manner that could go undetected to the naked eye.
NOT DUMB, BUT YORY COULDN’T READ ENGLISH
Campas is illiterate. That being said, he wouldn’t know six figures from seven figures or dollar signs. And to add injury to insult, his check stub from the Nevada Athletic Commission clearly shows that Campas was charged $10,000 for a post fight urine test. Having investigated this to the point of nausea, at least for me, I revealed during Operation Matchbox that Todd du Beof, the Top Rank VP, had sent a three-fight fax to Fernando Beltran, who was part of a group of Mexicans, including the aforementioned Guillermo Mayan, that pimped off “Yory Boy,” in addition to cheating the Internal Revenue Service out of tax money. On this fax, and I’ll paraphrase du Beof here, “This is the best I can do tax free.”
ONCE PROUD AZTEC WARRIOR NOW…
Having the opinion that Campas had been abused by Top Rank, Mayan, Beltran, Peter McKinn, in addition to the Arizona Boxing Commission, notably John Montano and ex-Commission chairperson Mary Rose Wilcox, the Aztec Warrior was in reality just an Aztec whore. Another party that seemingly allowed Campas to be victimized was the Nevada Athletic Commission. They issued the check stub that indicated Campas was charged $10 G’s for a piss test. Never did they respond to inquisitions I made over this.
BULL S*IT LIKE THIS MANDATES FEDERAL INTERVENTION
In closing, if the chronology that I’ve put forth isn’t enough to warrant a Federal Boxing Commission, well then nothing is. As for the Nevada Commission, people say they are the best. After looking at the Campas check stub for the De La Hoya fight, I ask the best at what? Like a shopworn prostitute, Campas, now 38 years old with a record of of 92-14-1, 74 KOs, faces Hector Camacho Jr. tomorrow (Friday) night El Paso, TX. Anyway the story of “Yory Boy” Campas the professional boxer ends, because of the corruption in boxing, it won’t be pretty or just!