The Cyber Boxing Zone Newswire
...TEN STAR FLASH...ANDERSON QUITS OREGON COMMISSION
William Bruce Anderson is the guy who ran the "phantom" Boxing Commission in Oregon. I say "ran" in the past tense because Anderson stepped down yesterday.
RYAN DESERVES CREDIT
Six months ago Fred Ryan, the owner of the Main St. Gym in Portland, OR put me on the story of how Anderson, then a lobbyist, wrote the bill that created the Oregon Commission in the late 1980's.
SLIDES IN AT $89 K
Having himself appointed to head the Oregon Commission, Anderson did everything in his power to make sure that boxing didn't exist in Oregon, UNLESS it was on Pay Per View and his agency could take 6.5 % off the top.
ONE SHOW IN '93
All the while Anderson is making the $89 K, which is $5 G's more than Governor John Kitzhaber. And one has to think that the Gov doesn't have a "phantom" agency to run like Anderson did.
TV PICKS IT UP
After reading the stories here at www.fighters.com, Portland's Channel 8 decided they would to do a "Investigative" piece on Anderson. They contacted me and I put reporter Leslie Knopp in touch with gym owner Ryan and others in Oregon.
AIRS RIGHT BEFORE ELECTION
With the Governor's election just a week away, Channel 8 ran the story on their top rated 6 PM News with Anderson squarely in their cross hairs. Instead of getting an interview, all you saw was Channel 8's camera crew chasing Anderson across the parking lot, as if he were some scofflaw running from 60 Minutes' reporter Mike Wallace.
TAUNTED GOV'S PR GUY
John Coney is the Governor's Media Rep. From the day before I broke the Oregon story here at www.fighters.com and on Ring Talk, which is heard in Portland on KBNP, I have been calling Coney on the phone every ten days or so.
BROKEN RECORD TIME
"The Governor has no comment on Bruce Anderson, the Boxing Commission, no comment. Call the Oregon State Police," said Coney. Oh, did I mention that in 1993, Anderson made the Commission part of the State Police just so he could legally pack a firearm.
"CONEY, YOUR NAME SHOULD BE PHONY"
Wait until this story breaks on TV I told him after muttering the verbiage quoted above. "It'll never air on TV." So while Coney thought I was bluffing, Channel 8 was preparing the five minute piece on Anderson.
KITZHABER FELT THE HEAT
That video was the straw that broke Anderson's back, so to speak. Ten days ago, the Gov ordered Anderson to again start punching a clock at the office.
SCAM "DOWN PAT"
It was this columnist who revealed that for years Anderson had not gone to an office for work. That he had Call Forwarding installed on his private line, and so all of the Commission calls were forwarded to him at home.
WHAT A GIG, $89 G'S NO BOXING, AND NO OFFICE
In all, the budget for Anderson's "ghost" commission was nearly $130,000 annually.
HE WHO LAUGHS LAST PASSHOLE!
When I begun this investigation of boxing in Oregon, or actually the lack of it, I contacted several people in Oregon. By the time I got to Anderson, he was well aware of my focus.
RAN CRIMINAL CHECK
Before I had called him, Bruce had run a Criminal record check on me. He admitted so during our brief chat. "I know more about you than you even know. Everything," he said. That would be nice if there was something there I told him.
Doing background checks on journalists investigating him was an obvious and blatant abuse of power, as well as that of my rights.
SECOND COMMISSION COUP OF '98
The first was bringing about new state law in Nevada which prohibits a physician from having boxers as private clients, and at the same time working for the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
V MAN "SORE THUMB"
This was brought to my attention when Dr. Robert Voy had shot Junior Jones' injured hand with a numbing agent a few hours before he fought and defeated Marco Antonio Barrera.
BIG TIME CONFLICT
I've heard about Dr.'s double billing, but Voy puts a whole new spin on that. You see, he then worked that night as the ringside Doc for Jones-Barrera I.
CLEANING HOUSE AT HOME, BEGAN WITH RAT
Since then I got some e mail saying that I was ignoring what has been going on in my own state of California. And after a several month investigation, I broke the story that #2 California Commission guy Dean "Linda Tripp" Lohuis wore a hidden microphone (wire) while try to get a friend (Commission Dr. Robert Karns) to incriminate himself.
CHEESE INDUSTRY SPOKESPERSON LOHUIS JUST ONE STORY
In the coming months, several features on California boxing will emanate from this corner. But before I throw down any more aces or face cards, I'm going to wait and see how the new Governor Gray Davis reappoints the Commission.
MANILA MAIN MAN CHECKS IN
My investigative arm reaches even across the pond to Manila where Luisito Espinosa is up for Athlete of The Year. If he wins, it'll be the third time for the 31 year WBC 126 lb. (featherweight) champion.
STENCH STILL OVER NON PAYMENT OF PAY BY GOVERNOR
Espinosa still has not, and probably will never be paid the $130 K he was due after a fight in his homeland. The responsibility for the non-payment fell squarely with the South Cotabato Governor Hilario de Pedro III.
The Espinosa's, headed by wife Marie Cherie filed suit against de Pedro III for non payment of the purse, and the suit was promptly thrown out of court.
HERE'S A SURPRISE! ARE YOU READY?
The Philippine Senate conducted it's own investigation into the matter, of which nothing came from! Stay tuned as Mrs. Espinosa has once again got it in the news with the Philippine Sportswriters Association awards taking place this Thursday.
The writer has his own site at www.fighters.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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