|Iain Weaver - Open Letter To British Boxing Board Of Control - Specific attention: Robert Smith & Charles Giles
By Doghouse Boxing (Nov 19, 2013)
Specific attention: Mr. Robert Smith and Mr. Charles Giles.
Dear Mr. Smith and Mr. Giles.
As you are fully aware my application for a British Boxing Board of
Control licenses was refused, due to a small congenital arachnoid cyst,
even though you had letters from Mr. Adrian Williams - Professor of
Neurology, Mr. David Beale – eminent Neuro-Radiologist, Mr. Jack Phillips
– Consultant Neurosurgeon and Mr. Paul L Grundy – Consultant Neurosurgeon
stating that this type of cyst is not unusual and that in their opinion I
am fit to box.
Besides my own request being refused, I am aware that you have also
refused two further boxers, who had applied around the same time as myself
for the same, or similar, reasons.
Today I learned that one of those you had refused to license, Robbie
Turley, has now been granted a license by yourself, following his team
initiating legal proceedings against the BBBofC.
I find this highly hypocritical of the BBBofC, who refused to license
myself even though you had received written statements from the Neurology
specialists named above, each stating that they see no reason why I should
not be licensed to box professionally, especially in light of the amount
of international boxing contests for Team GB I undertook as an amateur.
In addition to the above issue I am disgusted that Mr. Smith and the
BBBofC deliberately made misleading statements about myself, in a
statement with regard to the case between the BBBofC and Mr. Bruce Baker,
for a hearing that takes place in Cardiff today – 19th November 2013.
In that statement Mr. Smith states “As far as Iain Weaver is concerned the
British Boxing Board of Control refused to grant him a license on medical
grounds in that he has a large arachnoid cyst on his brain of a type known
to be associated with increased risk of bleeding following trauma.”
This action clearly shows the contrived and highly malicious intentions of
Mr. Smith and the BBBofC, as the statements from the Neurology specialists
named earlier clearly show:
Mr. Williams stated “Iain has no neurological symptoms whatsoever. In
particular, he has no headaches, dizziness or impairment of function of
his limbs or vision.
I would not think there is any significant risk here, the cysts always
worry people, but are really quite common incidental finding in the
general population. If there is an increased risk of haemorrhage after a
head injury it is extremely small, and in the vast majority of these cases
these incidental findings cause no trouble clinically. I therefore do not
think that there is any reason to stop him proceeding with his boxing
Professor Phillips stated, “Having reviewed the scans and the
correspondence in the case of Iain Weaver it is my opinion that there is
not a neurosurgical impediment to his continuation with his boxing career.
The MRI findings demonstrate a small middle fossa arachnoid cyst which has
not undergone any adverse events in all his previous boxing events. I do
not see a neurosurgical justification for preventing Iain Weaver from
returning to his boxing activities.”
Mr. Grundy stated, “I reviewed this 22 year old right handed boxer, who
has been boxing seriously since he was a child. He has had one hundred and
fifteen bouts and spars regularly. He has never had a problem with
headaches, blackouts, seizures, numbness, weakness or any neurological
whatsoever at any stage. He is otherwise completely fit and well. An MRI
scan of his brain has shown an incidental finding.
I have shown him the MRI scan today, which shows a small anterior middle
fossa arachnoid cyst, which is very typical location of this benign,
congenital, anomaly. There is no other major abnormality in the brain and
there is no significant mass effect from the arachnoid cyst. The arachnoid
cyst itself requires no intervention.
Arachnoid cysts are of course relatively common, benign, congenital,
anomalies and in the vast majority of patients these never become
symptomatic however, there have been a number of reports of haemorrhage
into a cyst or sub-dural haematoma resulting from bleeding from cortical
draining veins. This has been reported in arachnoid cysts of varying
sizes. However, the reported incidence of haemorrhage for arachnoid cysts
is exceptionally small, probably a fraction of a percentage of all cysts.
I have explained to Iain that I believe the risk of him developing a
haemorrhage relating to this arachnoid cyst if he continues boxing is
exceptionally low, but is obviously not as low as it would be in the
absence of an arachnoid cyst. He has boxed for a significant amount of
time, without any problems. He has a full understanding of the issues
involved and is keen to continue boxing and on that basis I would support
As the above statements clearly show that the cyst is small and is not
prone to bleeding I believe this shows the contrived and highly malicious
actions by Mr. Smith in making that statement to support the BBBofC case
against Mr. Bruce Baker and also to deliberately and maliciously discredit
Mr. Gianluca Di Caro, Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission, who
licensed myself after studying the reports etc.
On this matter Mr. Di Caro and the Malta Boxing Commission were not the
first to agree to license me, the Spanish federation had agreed to do so
but subsequently reneged, following undue pressure from Mr. Smith and Mr.
Giles of the BBBofC via the European Boxing Union.
Since receiving a professional license from the Malta Boxing Commission I
have also had my applications accepted by Nevada State (USA), California
State (USA) and Mexico and have fought professionally four times, twice at
York Hall in London on German Boxing Association sanctioned shows, once in
California, USA, and once in Spain. In each case I won, twice on points,
one KO and one TKO stoppage.
I am not alone in my disgust of the hypocrisy and malicious actions by the
British Boxing Board of Control, not just in your dealings with regard to
my application and subsequent licensing by the Malta Boxing Commission,
but also that by your recent action of licensing Mr. Turley, clearly shows
that you had no good reason to refuse his license in the first place,
otherwise surely you would have been confident of your position in court.
Whilst I do not expect a response from yourself, with regard to the
reviewing of my BBBofC license application, I feel that the BBBofC
members, the boxing world and the general public deserve some sort of
explanation from yourself, preferably a truthful one and not deliberately
misleading like the statement I have highlighted in this letter.
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