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USA Boxing’s three-month suspension from AIBA, the international association for amateur boxing, lasted all of a day but still caused enough chaos during a 24-hour period locally to frustrate New York Golden Gloves President Don Patterson.
After spending the day informing various boxing clubs the second round of The Friday Night Invitational Team Tournament slated for tonight at LUX Night Club in downtown Buffalo had to be postponed, AIBA announced it had lifted the suspension on USA Boxing early Thursday night because of the negative effect it would have on local boxing clubs throughout the country and on the sport at the grassroot level.
AIBA handed a three-month suspension to USA Boxing Wednesday night as a result of the organization’s failure to remove ex-president Hal Adonis, who made inapproriate comments regarding gay women and abused children in a magazine article earlier this year, from its board of directors. While there’s a Colorado law that hamstrung USA Boxing’s bid to remove Adonis from the board, AIBA also handed him a two-year suspension from all international and national levels of USA Boxing. That suspension opened the door for USA Boxing to remove him from its executive body.
Meanwhile, Patterson said the Friday Night Invitational will resume at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at LUX.
“They did what was in the best interest of the kids in the sport and who participated in boxing,” Patterson said. “Although it had an impact on me personally, we’ll get by it.”