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Boxer Briggs fined for "sham contest" vs. Green

Boxer Briggs fined for "sham contest" vs. Green

An Australian state boxing commission has fined Paul Briggs $75,000 for turning his IBO world cruiserweight title bout in July into a "sham contest" against Danny Green.
The Western Australian Professional Combat Sports Commission on Wednesday released the findings of its investigation into the July 21 bout, sanctioning Briggs and his trainer Billy Hussein for failing to disclose that issues with the boxer's nervous system meant he was not fit enough to participate.
Briggs received $200,000 for the fight but was heavily criticized for apparently going down very easily to Green's glancing punch to the head after just 29 seconds.
Commission chairman Simon Watters told reporters in Perth that when Briggs stepped into the ring, he knew he wouldn't be able to put up a genuine contest.
"Mr. Briggs knew due to his condition with his nervous system and his physical ability to mount a credible defense, he wasn't a worthy and genuine competitor," he said.
The commission cleared Green of any wrongdoing.
It ruled that Briggs had failed to disclose the complete picture of his medical condition and, as a result, had "participated in a sham contest.'"
Briggs said he disputed the findings "100 percent" and was consulting a lawyer about an appeal.
"A sham to me is one guy paying another guy to take a dive," Briggs told the Australian Associated Press. "They've just used me as a scapegoat. None of it makes sense, it's a joke. How can I con medical people? They passed me with all their exams ... and I've never been diagnosed with anything."
Hussein was not fined, but was told his applications to be involved in any further fights in the state had been compromised. The Sydney-based trainer has denied any wrongdoing.
The commission also referred concerns over betting on the fight to the police commissioner for Western Australia.