Oh snap. While reporting that Bobby Lashley’s can opponent was deemed too canny even for the Florida Athletic Commission to accept, Midsy calls Strikeforce and Showtime out for ‘boxing style matchmaking’:
Banks has dabbled in both boxing and MMA, building an MMA record of 2-1 and a boxing record of 2-3-3. The main reason Strikeforce and Showtime thought he’d be a good opponent for Lashley is that they thought he’d be an easy opponent for Lashley: They wanted to give Lashley a fight they were sure he’d win, padding his record to promote him for bigger fights down the road.
But that strategy has backfired, as the Florida State Boxing Commission told MMA Junkie that it won’t sanction Lashley vs. Banks because the commission “determined that the bout was not competitive.”
And now Strikeforce and Showtime are just two weeks away from Lashley’s debut, and they still don’t have an opponent for him. Maybe Strikeforce and Showtime can act fast and find a competitive opponent for Lashley. Or maybe they’re going to end up losing one of the fighters who was supposed to be a big draw on their Miami show, because boxing-style matchmaking backfired.
It’s good to hear someone outside of the interweb forums calling out an organization for setting up uneven fights … it happens way more than it should and I can only hope Midsy and others will sound the horn more often in the future. Perhaps even before a commission decides to go ahead and disallow a fight next time?