Note to Tom Atencio: When you’re trying to reassure us that you’ve got Fedor locked down for your event and that he’s not going to bolt for Japan on NYE, it might help if you’ve actually got a firm date in mind for your upcoming event:
“Fedor was supposed to fight for them on New Year’s Eve, but he is not because we extended his contract,” Atencio said.
When asked if it was 100% confirmed that Fedor would be fighting on the upcoming Affliction/Golden Boy card on January 17, 2009, in Anaheim, Atencio stopped us dead in our tracks.
“The date and location are not official,” Atencio said. “Everyone is tripping. Our next show will definitely be the 1st quarter of 2009 in January, possibly February. Nothing is confirmed though.”
Atencio did confirm that Fedor will appear on that card, whenever it actually happens.
Hmm, so let’s see what we know: Fedor’s Affliction contract is a US only contract. Affliction doesn’t even have a date locked down for Fedor’s next fight and therefore no bout contract has been signed. How likely do you think it is given those facts that Fedor is going to pass up on another NYE event in Japan? The dude magically pulled a NYE event out of his ass last year because he loves doing it so much. Does anyone really think he’s going to pass this up for a proposed event by a company that just cancelled it’s last event and is working on a questionable partnership with a boxing promotion?