WSB suspends Desert Hawk Amine Khentache

The World Series of Boxing (WSB) has started disciplinary proceedings against Algerian boxer Amine Khentache following the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Week 7 match between the Algeria Desert Hawks and the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder which was played on February 1, 2014 in Bergamo, Italy.

During the Flyweight (52kg) bout, Khentache could be clearly seen biting his opponent Vincenzo Picardi. The boxer has been provisionally suspended by the WSB from further competitions at all levels until AIBA’s Disciplinary Commission fully investigates the case and renders a decision on the severity of the punishment. The Algerian Boxing Federation (FAB) was informed about the provisional decision on February 4, in a letter from the WSB Chief Executive Officer Karim Bouzidi.

The letter states that the boxers participating in WSB Competitions have to abide to the AIBA Disciplinary Code and therefore respect the principles of honesty, integrity and sportsmanship and at all times behave with respect towards each other acting in accordance with the principle of fair-play. “Any failure to respect these general principles of conduct may be sanctioned by the Disciplinary Commission”.

As for the provisional suspension of Amine Khentache by the WSB from further competitions at all levels, the Article 13.3.4 of the AIBA Disciplinary Code says that the WSB Board can “impose a provisional suspension on any person or body who is alleged to have infringed this Code (AIBA Disciplinary Code), such suspension to remain in force until a decision on the matter is rendered by the Disciplinary Commission”.

 According to the Principles of Responsibility as set out in the AIBA Disciplinary Code, the Algerian franchise might be affected as well by the boxer’s behaviour.

“Franchises are responsible for the behaviour of all of their Boxers […]. The Franchise is liable to be sanctioned for the behaviour of the aforementioned persons regardless of whether or not such persons are sanctioned separately in respect of their behaviour”.

The decision of the AIBA Disciplinary Commission about the subsequent action to be taken and the Franchise’s own liability in the affair will be made in due course.