NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo: Fire  Melvina Lathan and Ralph Petrillo from the New York State Athletic Commission
  • Petitioned New York State Senator Greg Ball

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New York State Senator Greg Ball
New York State Governor's Office
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo
President of the United States
New York Governor

NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo: Fire Melvina Lathan and Ralph Petrillo from the New York State Athletic Commission

    1. Bryant Pappas
    2. Petition by

      Bryant Pappas

      Mahopac, NY

On May 12, 2012 in Poughkeepsie, NY, I fought in a 6 round bout at the Mid Hudson Civic Center. I was donating my entire purse to two fellow Yonkers Police Officers who were stricken with cancer (one of which, tragically has since succumbed to the disease). My opponent, Josh Williams, was allowed to disregard the rules and laws of New York State and the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) and refuse to wear the 10 ounce Everlast Gloves provided for him by the promoter.
Instead Williams produced a pair of gloves (Fuel fight Gear Gloves- at that time out of business and not being made anymore, unknown weight) from his gym bag. He put those gloves on, and taped them on unsupervised. These gloves were not inspected by anyone from the NYSAC and were then taped on his hands (the boxer himself , his manager ,and a witness also admit this on audio tape).
He was allowed to bring, wear, and use these gloves without his opponent (me) being notified at any time before or after the bout. He then was given his gloves back that night, they were taken off while he was in the ring.
The injuries I suffered as you can see clearly points out that something foul was happening with those gloves. Please view the photos.
When I asked the NYSAC about this I got the answer that they did not have to tell me anything because it was not a "title fight". The NYS Inspector General's Office is investigating the matter, and a letter I received from the NYSAC signed by Director of Boxing Ralph Petrillo states he personally examined the gloves before and after the bout.
This is not the case as I have an audio of him , as well as the boxer, his manager, and a witness saying he did not inspect or examine those gloves! The New York State Athletic Commission as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Inspector General's Office need to we will not stand this type of behavior by our boxing commission, in many cases civil servants who make a lot of money per year (over 100k) to protect fighters. Which, sadly they do not.
Please view the injuries and make up your mind. I would ask if you feel strongly about this, please contact NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as the NY State Inspector General , and Melvina Lathan of the NYSAC about this matter. Ralph Petrillo or anyone else did not inspect those gloves, and they should never have been in a position to have been used regardless. The fact that I have a signed letter from RalphPetrillo saying he personally inspected the gloves, while the boxer and the manager, and even Ralph himself have a different story to tell on audio compounds the problem.

To:
New York State Senator Greg Ball, New York State Senate
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Governor's Office
President of the United States
New York Governor
Fire Melvina Lathan and Ralph Petrillo from the New York State Athletic Commission

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 5/26/2014 UPDATE

      Bryant Pappas
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE: RALPH PETRILLO FIRED FROM NYSAC !

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Youtube video about what the NYSAC did and did not do!

      Bryant Pappas
      Petition Organizer
      Billy Collins, Jr. / Luis Resto -- It happened again!!

      It's happened again...2012, in Poughkeepsie, NY. NYSAC let a boxer bypass regulatory rules and cause severe injury to his opponent. Please, check it out and sign the petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/ny-state-governor-andrew-cuomo-fire-melvina-lathan-and-ralph-petrillo-from-the-new-york-state-athletic-commission Song: Evidence (Instrumental) by Marilyn Manson (Material owned by Universal Music Group) **Don't waste your time critiquing the quality of this video.

    4. new info

      Bryant Pappas
      Petition Organizer

      The gloves that Josh Williams used were not supplied by the promoter. All agree on that. That is enough right there to call the NYSAC on the carpet. However, did you know that they were also not inspect, don't take my word for it, according to audio recordings from Josh Williams himself, as well as his manager, Brandon Foster, no one inspected those gloves! Also, the gloves he did use, illegally I might add, were "Fuel Fight Gear" brand, which no longer existed at that time. Josh Williams had a cornerman who worked for, at one point, Fuel Fight Gear. That Gentleman's name is Thomas Lamanna. But hey, don't take my word for it- go to: http://wikibin.org/articles/fuel-fight-gear-2.html and see his name listed as an employee-- I'm not saying he gave those gloves to Williams, but I'm not saying he did not either.... Use your own judgement!

    5. UPDATE

      Bryant Pappas
      Petition Organizer

      We are closing in on getting almost 500 signatures, but we need more. The NY State Athletic Commission continues to not respond to any inquiries about what they have done to me. We will make Governor Cuomo listen. Please do what you can!

    6. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • anthony occhiogrosso YORKTOWN, NY
      • 11 months ago

      I feel that all athletes should be protected and the playing field should be level for all!!

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    • Chad Rice NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 11 months ago

      If these gloves weren't inspected

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    • Brian Dillon STERLING, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      Some commissions get away with doing things that are illegal, a conflict of interest and gross dereliction of duty with ZERO culpability.

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    • George Tsatas CHICAGO, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      Because Boxing is corrupt and needs to be fixed and these guys need to go to jail

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    • Glenn Jones NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Melvina Lathan is not good for boxing She has to go

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