The World Boxing Organization was informed by Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission that Omar Nino Romero had a disciplinary fine in the amount of $11,250.00 pending since 2006. 


WBO President, Francisco Valcarcel contacted Chairman Hon. Juan Ramon Guanzon, from the Games and Amusement Board in the Philippines to inform him that the scheduled WBO Flyweight Championship Bout between Brian Viloria and Omar Nino Romero to be held on March 31, 2012 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Manila, Philippines was pending sanction until such time when the fine was appropriately dealt with.


Valcarcel has also informed Mr. Fernando Beltran from Promociones Zanfer, and Viloria’s manager, Mr. Gary Gittlesohn that when the monies are deposited in NSAC, the scheduled bout will be sanctioned.

November 17, 2011 (BOXING)  –  On Thursday, Francisco Valcarcel gave me his thoughts regarding the yellow substance Juan Manuel Marquez ingested on November 12.  Mr. Valcarcel, a Puerto Rican lawyer who serves as the president of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), said: “. . . in Nevada, a fighter can ingest the Gatorade refreshments during the bout.  Please remember that according to the Muhammad Ali Act, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has jurisprudence.”

Muhammad Ali Act  >

According to Section 2 (2) of the Act, “State officials are the proper regulators of professional boxing events, and must protect the welfare of professional boxers and serve the public interest by closely supervising boxing activity in their jurisdiction.”  The Muhammad Ali Act was enacted by Congress in 2000.

On Wednesday, Mr. Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), was kind enough to give me this response:  “Water and electrolyte drinks are allowed in the corner.  Any electrolyte drink must be brought to the arena in factory-sealed, plastic bottles.   Mr. Marquez used water and Pedialyte on Saturday night.”

Pedialyte  >

Pedialyte, an electrolyte solution, is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and is designed to rehydrate one’s body, replacing fluids and mineral lost either through illness or strenuous activity.

Referring to NSAC’s rulebook (see NAC 467), we could not identify regulations specifying what a fighter is allowed to ingest during a bout.  However, in Section 28 part (a) of the WBO’s rulebook, “Only plain water may be given to a contestant in the course of the bout.”


By: Mary Dumon International Sports Examiner