Midsy had an interview with Paul Buentello to discuss the “Wow, who’da thunkit” revelation that his Affliction 2 opponent was juicing. There’s the standard “Oh I’m disappointed but since I won I don’t really care” thing, but then stuff gets interesting when Paul insinuates that he has had a ‘bad string of luck fighting Russians:
You’re referring to Aleksander Emelianenko pulling out of the fight that you guys were scheduled to have last summer, when the California State Athletic Commission refused to sanction him at the last minute. Have you ever gotten a straight answer on what happened there?
Yeah, they told me. Everybody knows, but I don’t want to say it on the record. But everybody knows the reason why. The truth is out there. I don’t want to get the Commission mad at me for saying what they told me, but everybody knows.
I understand why you don’t want to say, but Aleksander is fighting in other countries. Don’t you think his opponents in other countries have a right to know why he isn’t allowed to fight in California anymore?
Oh, totally. His opponents need to know. Everybody thinks boxing commissions are a bad thing fo the sport, but they’re a good thing for the sport. They’re there to protect the fighters. The commissions only go to the borders of the United States. It would be nice if it was international.
I mentioned a few days ago that there were all sorts of signs impying that Aleksander Emelianenko just maybe might have hepatitis possibly. This is one of those signs.