MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Broz Vaughan FOR RELEASE: March 16, 2016 DOWNLOAD REPORT DOCUMENT (pdf)
Our hearts go out to Prichard Colón and his family, friends, and fans. All of us at DPOR, along with the boxing community, continue to hold out hope for his recovery. We fully appreciate that no report can ever truly make sense of the tragedy that occurred in Fairfax, Virginia, on Oct. 17, 2015.
Nonetheless, we take very seriously our role in protecting the health and safety of boxers, and so DPOR immediately began an investigation. The goal of the inquiry was to perform a top-to-bottom review of the circumstances surrounding the incident. As with all agency investigations, our scope was confined by law to those statutes and regulations under the jurisdiction of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR).
The inquiry was conducted by Deputy Director Nick Christner, who oversees the agency’s Regulatory Programs and Compliance Section, the unit responsible for administration of the boxing program as well as all investigations. To summarize the report’s main findings:
Many individuals have shared their opinions about what conclusions should be drawn based on their own interpretations of the fight. We understand some will disagree with the report and its conclusions. When there’s a terrible outcome, it’s only natural to want to find someone or something to blame. Strong feelings can generate healthy debate, but our judgment as a regulatory body cannot rest on subjectivity or matters outside our legal jurisdiction.
Although there is no evidence of foreseeable wrongdoing on the part of any particular individual, looking back at the “what ifs” is indeed heartbreaking. DPOR remains committed to fighter safety, doing what we can to protect fighters despite the inherent risks of combative sports like boxing, and praying for Prichard Colón.
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