Dr. Mario Yagobi and Boxing 360’s Million Dollar Mistake
Editorial By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
*Photo Credit: Robert Brizel, Real Combat Media
In 2009, Dr. Mario Yagobi founded Boxing 360 in New York City, with former New York State Athletic Commissioner right-hand as his right hand man. Together, the two put together an impressive stable of fighters from Joey Dawejko to Mike Mollo to Maurice Harris, from Andrew Hernandez to David Estrada. Boxing 360 had some magic moments, such as Harris winning the vacant USBA Heavyweight title by TKO late in the twelfth and final round over Derric Rossy in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and welterweight David Estrada stopping 26-0-1 Orlando Lora n the eighth round for the WBC Fecombox title in a televised bout.
In 2014, the New York State Athletic Commission discontinued Yagobi’s promoter’s license, and released its fighters under contract with Boxing 360 to sign with other promoters after complaint. Yagobi faced no litigation. He simply abandoned his interest in boxing suddenly, and disappeared from the boxing scene into oblivion by personal choice.
Five years later, Dr. Yagobi’s sudden departure from boxing turned out to be a million dollar mistake.
On Friday evening, February 15, 2019, 22-0-1 undefeated Guyana southpaw super middleweight Lennox ‘2 Sharp’ Allen won a WBA title by decisioning 28-1 Derrick Webster over 10 rounds on USA ESPN. The title at stake, the new WBA gold title, was less significant than Allen’s determination to become world champion. Yagobi made a million dollar mistake. One fighter in the Boxing 360 stable, Lennox Allen, has slowly but surely risen through the world ratings, and at age 33, is headed towards the top of the 168 pound division. Scoring was 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92 for Allen over a 28-1 opponent, an outcome Dr. Yagobi could not have foreseen when he gave up on boxing five years ago.
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