McCall can't get Mohegan license

November, 4, 2011
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Oliver McCall, the 46-year-old, Florida-based boxer who'd held a heavyweight title in the '90s and still sought another crack at a crown, was set to fight Mariusz Wach on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.

But McCall wasn't able to obtain a license to box at Mohegan after a medical issue, in the eyes of the Mohegan Department of Athletic Regulation. Director Mike Mazzulli couldn't specify the nature of the issue, due to medical confidentiality laws, he told ESPN New York.

"It's very unfortunate," Mazzulli said. "We look out for the best interest of the fighters. I feel bad but I did something that needed to be done. So Oliver is not licensed at Mohegan Sun."

To get licensed, a fighter must provide results of a full physical, and an eye exam and an MRI and stress test if they are over 40. Also, they need to submit results from blood work, which looks for presence of hepatitis and HIV.

Mazzulli said he received the McCall medicals Monday. He told McCall's manager, Randy Pelham, on Thursday morning that a license wouldn't be granted.

Promoter Jimmy Burchfield saved the main event and the show when he subbed in 34-year-old heavyweight Jason Gavern (21-8-4 with 10 KOs; living in Florida) to fight Wach (25-0 with 13 KOs; age 31; from Poland, living in N.J.).
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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