”KING JOHN” UNDEFEATED NO MORE!
San Francisco, CA– Having for years railed against the “suspect” Arizona Boxing Commission and its figurehead John Montano, I can tell you that I wasn’t surprised when a jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico ruled that Montano misappropriated monies that belonged to the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) (NABO) North American Boxing Organization.
ONE TIME WBO HIERARCHY PUSHED FROM OFFICE
Once a WBO executive, Montano had been ousted from the WBO. Even so he continued to sanction fights under the NABO banner in 1996 & 97. After Montano ignored a series of “cease and desist” letters, this prompted the WBO/NABO to file suit against him. Montano countersued and the case has been in limbo since. The court ordered Montano, referee Ismael Fernandez and wife Virginia Pinto, pay the NABO/WBO an amount close to $200,000.
IN THE JUDGE’S OWN WORDS
Judge Ivone Diaz put the following in the court’s ruling: “The facts herein show, without any doubt, that John Montano had no right to use the name and initial letters of NABO, which is, at the same time, an affiliate of the WBO, as it was the property of the plaintiffs.”
”RING TALK” INSURED NO BACKROOM DEALS
As I prefaced earlier, Arizona, under Montano’s 30-year grip, has gone from being a mid-level player in boxing to a non-player. Ever since 2005 when we exposed Montano’s relationship/favoritism with Peter McKinn, once a promoter who fronted for Top Rank in Arizona, was brought to light the number of shows in the state have fallen off close to 75 %. I’m sorry that the people of Arizona, particularly boxing fans, have had to watch boxing go bye-bye. In my opinion, I point the finger at three people in Montano, McKinn, and Arizona Boxing Commissioner Mary “But Shot” Rose Wilcox.
PEDRO WAS ON THE GROUND IN ARIZONA
You see I’ve been to Arizona. And yes, that was me being detained by police at the request of Peter McKinn, this while walking a picket line in front of Montano’s office. I even got tossed from an Athletic Commission meeting because I stood before Mrs. Wilcox and told her the rules set forth by the state of Arizona state that she had to deliberate the status of Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas’ boxing license out loud and in public.
WILCOX ONCE WAS SHOT IN HER ASS!
Forcing Wilcox and crew to follow the letter of the law was fruitful seeing Campas was given back his boxing license. That has been the “lone” victory scored against the Arizona boxing regime. The folks I feel the most for here is those that have been denied the opportunity to enjoy boxing in Arizona as they had with Peter McKinn fronting, I think somebody had to force the issuE.
CANTANKEROUS DIAZ NOTHIN’ BUT GOOD INTENTIONS
Joe Diaz, Campas’ trainer and owner of the Top Level Boxing Gym in Phoenix, he has tried. But it takes big money to go after crooks slithering through the cracks of a`bureaucracy, especially at the state level. Mrs. Wilcox, a biatch in the truest sense of the word, ticked off a constituent of the Maricopa County Supervisor. He then produced a handgun and shot in the ass while she ran attempting to flee.
DO THE NUMBERS TELL A STORY HERE?
As for boxing in Arizona in general, other promoters have tried and had difficult times. For the record, when RingTalk.com sunk our teeth into Peter McKinn, John Montano, et al, it was 2005 and there were 23 shows. In 2008 there were eight!
Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves champion. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.
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