Ortiz’s Nev. license approved

BY foxsports • January 12, 2012

In their scheduled hearing Wednesday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) issued two decisions that affect the livelihoods of fighters competing under their jurisdiction.

Victor Ortiz was issued a one-fight conditional permit to fight in Nevada, pending further review of controversial statements the fighter made during a video interview.

In the interview, Ortiz told the reporter that he was intentionally trying to break Floyd Mayweather’s nose with a headbutt during his September bout with Mayweather. The admission brought the NSAC to summon Ortiz as a condition to issuing a license for the fighter’s scheduled bout against Andre Berto on Feb 11 at the MGM Grand.

A decision will be announced in 10 days on whether punishment will be ordered for Ortiz. Up to 10 percent of the fighter’s $1 million purse could be withheld if the commission deems it appropriate.

In other news from Wednesday’s hearing, the license of former lightweight champion Joel Casamayor has been revoked and a $10,000 fine issued for no-showing his mandatory hearing.

Casamayor tested positive for marijuana following his TKO 8 loss to Timothy Bradley on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard on Nov. 12 and was scheduled to appear before the commission Wednesday.

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