- The two Bolivian judges who accepted the WBO gave him the loser after the Brazilian didn’t arrive as a result of “he had missed the flight”. The promoter firm didn’t pay him the bag or reimburse him for the resort and switch prices. Summary: José Luis Velásquez was left with out the Latin American tremendous bantamweight title and to return to his native Chiloé from La Paz, he skilled a through crucis.
He took final Saturday’s combat towards Ramón Averanga in Bolivia with the standard seriousness. Not simply because the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Hispanic SuperBantamweight title could be on the line, however as a result of José Luis Velásquez, higher generally known as “Pancora”, was pondering greater than in that crown of taking the subsequent step to interrupt his report. enhance and wait for one more probability at the world title.
However, the fighter from Quellon by no means imagined that, in addition to dropping that combat, he could be completely manipulated, left to his personal gadgets, with out receiving the compromised bag and even having to pay for his return to Chile .
Velásquez, who had simply skilled in Indio, California, adhered to the strict schedule that had been arrange. Knowing that El Alto is even increased than La Paz and that the phenomenon of oxygen hunger shouldn’t be performed with, the “Pancora” accomplished its preparation in Putre earlier than touring to Bolivia.
As quickly as they arrived in La Paz, the issues began: the tickets for Velásquez and his crew to reach in the highlands needed to be paid for by the nationwide boxer, as a result of based on the promoter -Yuri Herrerag- such cash was to be refunded after the combat, together with the quantity for the combat.
But then there was one other discouraging signal: Velásquez and his crew had been accommodated in an excellent resort, however on the third day, they not obtained a cleansing service. When they consulted, the administration’s response was that the promoter -Herrera- had failed to satisfy its dedication to pay stated lodging. Once once more, José Luis Velásquez needed to take funds out of his personal pocket to keep away from being evicted.
The critiques say that the begin of the combat, after 10 rounds, began with a major delay. Speculation was that Promotions González, the firm liable for staging the combat, had solely managed to make it occur after formally committing to pay the grants, instantly after the combat ended.
But the irregularities did not cease there. Since it was a WBO title match, a Bolivian choose, a Chilean and a impartial, who could be Brazilian, had been thought-about. However, he didn’t arrive and said that he had missed the flight that might take him to La Paz. He was – unbelievably – changed by one other native choose.
The most uncommon, nonetheless, is that the WBO supervisor for the combat, the trans-Andean Jesuan Letizia, as a substitute of implementing the guidelines for this sort of combat with the official title at stake, for instance determines that the combat would flip into much more a ten-spherical combat, he sided with the promoter and ignored every of these points.
José Luis Velásquez was already in full battle, which was additionally curiously interrupted by an influence outage at the health club, and he was certain he may by no means win that combat if it wasn’t by knockout.
The “Pancora” counted:
“I’m very self-crucial and I do know I have not had one of my finest fights. I additionally should admit that Ramón Avarenga received me two or three rounds. But I used to be nonetheless superior to him, I even knocked him down on the first lap and had loads of sense later in one other lap. Those two rounds alone, for anybody who is aware of something about boxing, ought to have ended in my favor 10-8. However, the two Bolivian judges gave Avarenga the win, and one of them was so brutal that he voted 99-91 for him. In different phrases, he by no means noticed me take down his compatriot.”
Embittered by the expropriation to which he was subjected, Velásquez was nonetheless in for some disagreeable surprises. He could not get the promoter to pay him the bag and related refunds. And when he and his crew arrived at the airport, to start the return journey from La Paz to Iquique and from there to Chiloé, they discovered the disagreeable shock that the group had not purchased the tickets for them. It turned out that the tickets had been reserved, however not paid.
Incredibly, Promotions González argued after the Chilean crew misplaced the flight.
Gustavo Astroza, who was half of the “Pancora” Velásquez crew throughout this weird combat, identified that “all this is the fault of Jesuan Letizia, who as a supervisor of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) could not lend himself to approval or late So many irregularities On the day of the fight they didn’t let us out of the hotel because the bill was not paid Fixed the problem, we moved to the gym on a bus that crashed on the way They let us arrive six hours early and we They even had to help set up the ring as there was nothing. They didn’t even have a floor for boxers to rest between rounds, and all of this, unbelievably, was endorsed by the WBO and Mr. Letizia.”
The group of the “Pancora” Velásquez, because it was referred to as, needed to journey overland to Oruro to reach in Colchane from there round 6 am. They may see with their very own eyes the corrupt and threatening actions of the so-referred to as “coyotes”, who tried to illegally convey every kind of foreigners to Chile.
“We’ve been able to see what people have to go through there, because we’ve been through the same thing. We were cold, we were hungry and they even wanted to rob us. And the worst part is they stole the fight from us. More than cheated, we feel betrayed by the WBO. I think the least we can do is make a claim through the Federation.”