Commission: BJ Flores not cleared to fight

Statement from Washington State Department of Licensing Spokesperson Gigi Zenk: “Benjamin Flores was not medically cleared to compete.”

Statement from Salita Promotions regarding Otto Wallin vs. B.J. Flores heavyweight fight: ”As part of the licensing process in the state of Washington, the doctor appointed by the boxing commission to oversee tonight’s event reviewed medical tests and determined that B.J. Flores would not be medically cleared to compete. Based on that opinion, Washington State Department of Licensing spokesperson Gigi Zenk notified Salita Promotions this afternoon that they would not issue B.J. Flores a license to fight against Otto Wallin tonight. Due to medical privacy requirements we are unable to provide further information at this time.”

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  • To whom it may concern,

    In regards to SHOWTIME event Friday July, 12th BJ Flores (34 – 4) vs Otto Wallin (20 – 0).

    After a very focused and well prepared Bj Flores stepped onto the stage at weigh ins in Tacoma, WA yesterday he was told some very alarming news later last night As he was preparing for bed.

    The Commission informed Bj that even though he submitted a clear EEG & CT scan as ready and able to fight they were unfortunately the only state in the nation that requires an “in state” MRI to be Eligible to fight. Bj heavily invested and determined to fight pleaded if there wasn’t anything they could do as he had obviously been cleared in everything requested and has been cleared in all previous 4 MRIs in the last 7 years of fight history.

    After much back and forth they told Bj if he signed a contract agreeing to accept he would be fully liable if any injuries occurred he immediately agreed against his attorneys recommendations.

    As a fully prepared and confident bj was walking In the dressing room was informed he was not going to be allowed step into the ring and defend his highly accomplished record. This is an extremely difficult and undeserving reality to be faced with for Bj Flores. Regardless, we will remain optimistic that this horrible short coming does not effect the ever confident and determined Bj Flores from continuing on his next much anticipated bout.

    The official word is
    The commission will be changing the much outdated and controversial rule of requiring “in state” MRI and “we will be looking to schedule a rematch in a different state very soon”

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