- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Junior middleweight Glen Tapia was denied a boxing license on Friday by the New York State Athletic Commission, forcing his fight on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Geale undercard Saturday night at Madison Square Garden to be canceled minutes before the weigh-in.
The NYSAC said only that he was denied a license for medical reasons. However, Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank, which promotes Tapia, said the denial was because of an issue New York commission physician Dr. Barry Jordan had with Tapia's blood work.
Tapia (21-1, 13 KOs), 24, of Passaic, New Jersey, was scheduled to face Salim Larbi (17-5-1, 5 KOs), 27, of France, in an eight-round bout. Larbi took the fight this week when original opponent Boyd Melson dropped out because of a shoulder injury.
Now the fight is off altogether.
Tapia fought on June 14 in New Jersey and recorded a first-round knockout victory against Keenan Collins. Since Tapia was already licensed in New Jersey, Moretti said his blood test results were sent from New Jersey to New York, which is standard.
New York tests boxers only for HIV and various kinds of hepatitis. Tapia did not have a problem with any of those tests or anything related to banned substances, Moretti said.
However, New Jersey requires more extensive testing and those results were also sent to New York along with the requited test results. Jordan saw something in those other tests he did not like even though New Jersey had licensed him with the same issue with which he has always fought. Tapia has also fought many times in New York.
"The medical team in New York did not approve his blood work, which had nothing to do with HIV or hepatitis," Moretti said told ESPN.com. "The same blood work was approved in New Jersey for his last fight a month ago. While we respect the decision we would like some further clarification in the days and weeks ahead so we can plan his next fight accordingly."
Tapia was seeking his second win in a row since starting to train with Hall of Famer Freddie Roach in the wake of his rough sixth-round knockout loss to James Kirkland in December.
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