LARA Suspends Unarmed Combat Promoter License of Jaafar Boxing, LLC of Dearborn

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July 6, 2017 -  The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL) suspended the unarmed combat promoter license of Jaafar Boxing, LLC of Dearborn, MI, effective June 27, 2017, based on violations of the Unarmed Combat Regulatory Act.

A contested case hearing was held in this matter on May 10, 2017, which found Jaafar Boxing, LLC in violation of the Act. On October 30, 2016, Jaafar Boxing, LLC promoted a professional boxing event at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. It failed to provide required documents or records to CSCL within the allotted time before and after the event. Such documents included signed contracts between the promoter and professional contestants due one business day before the event; and contest results, including a list of weights from the weigh-in, pre- and post-fight physical examination results, drug testing donor forms, scorecards, bout summary sheets, and a signed surety bond due within 48 hours after the event. As a result, Jaafar Boxing, LLC was found to have engaged in conduct detrimental to a contest or event.

“It is important for the health and safety of all athletes, spectators, and officials for promoters to timely submit the paperwork required by the Unarmed Combat Regulatory Act to the bureau,” said CSCL Bureau Director Julia Dale. “Without it, the bureau cannot meet its obligations under state and federal law, including assisting other jurisdictions in ensuring that a contestant does not fight too soon after a serious injury, technical knockout, or a positive drug test.”

The Unarmed Combat Commission issued a Final Order on June 27, 2017, suspending the license of Jaafar Boxing, LLC for 180 days after it pays a fine of $5,000 plus administrative costs of $2,500. Jaafar Boxing, LLC has the right to appeal the Final Order to the appropriate Michigan court.

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