Wadi Camacho breaks silence on biting disqualification
British crusierweight Wadi Camacho has finally released a statement having been diqualified from his Friday night fight with Craig Kennedy for biting.
Referee Martin Williams instantly threw out the 29 year-old upon viewing the incident, along with Kennedy and the crowd’s reaction, although Camacho himself seemed bemused by the decision.
Camacho has now come out to defend his actions at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and plans to appeal the verdict with the British Boxing Board of Control.
Here is what Camacho had to say on Monday morning:
I have purposely stayed away from responding on any social media platform over the last 48 hours. After speaking to my manager and trainer, I feel the time is appropriate to express my grievances surrounding the outcome of my fight against Craig Kennedy on Friday 24th Merthyr Tydfil.
The fight was stopped in the second round by the referee who deemed me to have bitten Craig Kennedy. As anyone who has previously boxed me knows, I tend to place my chin in the opponent’s shoulder and neck while leaning on him, and it could at times look like I am biting the opponent. At no time did I bite Craig, and this is not the sort of behavior that either myself or anyone associated with my career would tolerate.
I will be appealing against the disqualification to the BBBofC, hoping that the decision can be overturned.
The referee of the fight, Martin Williams, quite clearly made a mistake. If the BBB of C can produce any video footage or physical evidence of me biting Craig, instead of me placing my chin in his neck region, I am willing to accept my punishment. Furthermore, after listening to Craig’s interview after the fight, I would like to take him up on his offer of a return bout so that the fans can finally get what they deserve, which will be a great contest between two of the Cruiserweight division best up and coming boxers.
Anyone who witnessed the fight, either live from the venue or by the live transmission on Eurosport, will realize that the fight was shaping up to be a great contest. One that any promoter in the country would have liked to have staged, and I was more than happy with my performance and confident that I would win the fight.
I want to thank the promoter, Chris Sanigar, for allowing me to fight on his show, and I would also like to apologize to the Welsh fans who were denied the chance to see a great fight due to the unexpected decision from the referee to step in and stop the contest in the second round.
I am looking forward to returning to the gym on Tuesday with my trainer, Peter Sims, anticipating my next contest.
This will be the only statement that I will be issuing regarding this incident.
Should the result be upheld by the BBBofC, Camacho’s record stands at 12 wins and four defeats, with eight wins coming via stoppage.