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Atencio says Yvel cleared to fight by California commission

One of the more controversial fighters of the past decade is heavyweight Gilbert Yvel. Yvel is scheduled to face Josh Barnett in the co-main event at Affliction Entertainment’s “Day of Reckoning” PPV on January 24. The problem with signing Yvel is that he has had a multitude of licensing issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The VP of Affliction Entertainment, Tom Atencio, confirmed that Yvel can fight in California.

“Yvel has been cleared through the CSAC (California State Athletic Commission),” said Atencio.

It is commonplace that one state’s suspensions be adhered to by all states. While Yvel is not currently under suspension in Nevada, he has been denied a license for punching and kicking a referee during a 2004 fight.

“As of now, I have not received anything at all from Nevada concerning Yvel,” Atencio said.

WIth the Barnett vs. Yvel fight looking like it will go forward without a problem, the question remains if Yvel will be able to control his actions that have resulted in numerous disqualifications and problems in the past.

“He has promised to be a clean fighter,” said Atencio.

  • James says:

    I am certain he is very sorry for his past transgressions…gilvert is a man of upstanding character

  • CubanLinx says:

    sarcasm right?

  • paddiosf says:

    I’m predicting a upset..

  • Chris says:

    CSAC are going to vote on licensing Yvel at a hearing in early January. He’s not cleared yet.

  • Dave Rubio says:

    Dave Meltzer is reporting that Yvel is not cleared and will not be cleared before the scheduled, closed door review in January. According to Bill Douglas of the CSAC, Tom is pretty much lying about this one.

  • Robert says:

    These athletic commissions really are a pain in the ass! They’re hesitant about licensing Yvel because of his past incidents that were awhile ago, but didn’t mind giving Gary Goodridge a license when he clearly shouldn’t be fighting anymore and it’s an obvious health & safety concern.

  • Jeff says:

    Well if Yvel doesn’t get cleared Atencio is going to look really bad after that quote.


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