California Commission Rights a Wrong by Ruling the Contest ‘No Decision’
LOS ANGELES—Don King said last Thursday his 78th birthday wish was for the California State Athletic Commission to overturn the decision made in the Aug. 1 prizefight featuring WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell and make it “no contest.”
His wish was granted today.
The CSAC met today in Los Angeles and determined that an accidental head butt in round three that left a serious gash over Campbell’s left eye should have been ruled no contest after the fight was stopped on advice of the ringside physician after the round.
This corrects the ruling made in favor of Bradley on the night of the fight at Agua Caliente Resort, Casino & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
“I only asked for justice for my fighter Nate Campbell, and that is what I received from the California State Athletic Commission today,” promoter Don King said. “I applaud the members of the commission for righting this wrong, and I have a phone call in to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to congratulate him on this important decision.
“This is a victory for the boxers, the sport and the great state of California upholding the rules of justice and fair play. The fairest outcome of all is the one they chose where neither fighter’s record is blemished from a match that was halted early due to an accidental clash of heads.”