No glove lost between boxing prospects Sanchez and Rivera ahead of Wednesday night’s WBO Youth Featherweight Title fight
Tempers have been high the past two days between Albuquerque’s Jason Sanchez, and Puerto Rico’s Jean Carlos Rivera’s camp in the lead up to their bout on Wednesday night for the vacant World Boxing Organization Youth Featherweight Title.
(We’re streaming the fight on our Facebook Page at 930pmMT https://www.facebook.com/SWFight/)
Earlier today, the Sanchez (12-0, 6KO) and Rivera (15-0, 10KO) camps butted heads over the types gloves being used for their highly anticipated fight.
The Sanchez camp, who expected both men to receive gloves from the Panamanian commission were surprised today when Rivera and his team brought their own brand-new 8 oz. black Everlast gloves. Sanchez and his camp were provided white WBO issued 8 oz. gloves which they felt were much more padded than Rivera’s thus leaving them at a disadvantage.
“They wanted to give us amateur style gloves,” said Pepe Sanchez, Jason’s father and trainer, of the situation in an interview this afternoon. “For a championship fight, it’s normally up to the commission to provide both fighters the gloves.”
According to Sanchez, Rivera’s own promoters from Top Rank and the Panamanian commission urged him to use the WBO gloves. The Sanchez camp claims that Rivera refused to abide saying that he is sponsored by Everlast and refused to use any other gloves.
The Sanchez camp then says the promoters and commission suggested that Rivera sell his extra pair of Everlast gloves to Sanchez to help push the fight forward. Pepe says Rivera declined, concerned with the potential risk of his gloves tearing mid-fight and preferring to keep the extra gloves as a safe measure.
This, Sanchez says, did not sit well with the commission who explained to both parties that they need to come to an agreement or find other gloves.
“We went to the mall here in Panama City and only saw gloves with straps which the commission would not allow,” Pepe continued. “It’s a blessing from God that another promoter saw the injustice being pushed against us and helped out.”
The promoter, whom Pepe would not name, was a representative from main event fighter Francisco Fonseca’s camp. The group had members of their camp traveling from Houston, Texas on Wednesday afternoon and were happy to lend a hand and bring with them a pair of red and white Hayabusa boxing gloves with the permitted laces.
The Hayabusa gloves were approved by both the Panamanian commission and Rivera’s camp which clears the way for tonight’s match.
Although an official way to watch the Sanchez vs Rivera fight has not been announced, the following channels and links are potential ways places to watch. They are listed in order of reliability.
Sanchez and Rivera are expected to take the ring between 8:30pmMT and 9:30pmMT.
CABLE ONDA SPORTS
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Time: Coverage begins at 7:30pmMT
Channel 469 on DirecTV
Time: Coverage begins at 7:00pmMT
Note: It is very likely TyC Sports, an Argentine sports channel, will cut their feed of the event after Argentine prospect Agustin Mauro Gauto fights.
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