Ukraine's Ivan Redkach bit his American counterpart, Danny Garcia, on his left shoulder during the eighth round of their welterweight bout, which took place on January 25.
According to Boxingscene, on January 27, New York State Athletic Commission executive director Kim Sumbler signed a "Notice of Suspension, Imposition of Fine, and Purse Forfeiture." The document states - and the NYSAC subsequently announced - that the commission had: suspended Redkach for one year, fined him $10,000 (the maximum allowable fine); and confiscated his entire $300,000 purse, which will be kept by the New York state.
Redkach's ex-promoter, Lou Dibella, believes that this decision shows all the hypocrisy of the New York State Athletic Commission.
"No one has yet died from a bite on the shoulder in a boxing ring. Many boxers deserve to be punished for things that are much worse than Redkach’s deed, but the commission does nothing to them," he said.
As we reported earlier, Ukrainian boxer Ivan Redkach was not able to secure a victory over former world champion Danny Garcia.
The boxers went through 12 rounds, and it was Garcia who dictated the pace and the course of the fight. Redkach initially tried to impose his boxing on the opponent, but after a couple of unsuccessful rounds, Garcia took the advantage and started picking up his shots on the Ukrainian counterpart.
As a result, after the final gong, the judges declared Garcia the winner of the fight. He became an official contender for the WBC title now owned by fellow American Errol Spence Jr.