Nova Scotia Commission Pulls Eastman vs Hicks Fight
Hicks, who has had two seizures in his life, one due to stress related to a family member’s death and one during a hospital stay for servere pneumonia was previously suspended for health reasons. That suspension was lifted after Hicks was cleared by a neurologist and a neurosurgeon to fight. However, that clearance was not enough for the general practitioner employed by the Nova Scotia Commission and they decided to not allow Hicks to fight. The medical clearance was enough for the Manitoba commission to pull the suspension and the Quebec commission to allow Hicks to fight and beat Yan Pellerin last month.
A disappointed Marcus Hicks had this to say,
“I am in the best shape of my life. I want to show I am a pro fighter now. I am looking to earn my right to be called a pro fighter and the Nova Scotia Commission is taking this away from me. I turned down another fight to take this opportunity. This is absurd. This is a travesty.”
Hope Fight Productions is expecting a huge crowd in Yarmouth tonight and now have to tell fans that their main event is cancelled. Ken Hope, HFP President, commented on behalf of the promotion.
The Nova Scotia Boxing Commission and medical staff seem to lack the professionals required to run a professional mixed martial arts show. Due to their lack of due diligence in researching a fight they previously approved, not only are the fighters and promotion affected, but the MMA fans are as well. Hope Fight Promotions will be seeking legal action.
Hope Fight Productions would like to make it clear that Mr. Eastman and Mr. Hicks have been the utmost professionals and have done everything and more asked of them. It is our opinion that this fight did not happen due to the incompetence of the Nova Scotia Boxing Commission and negligence of the commission doctor. There is no reason that Marcus Hicks should not be allowed to fight.
UFC veteran Marvin Eastman and Marcus Hicks will attend the fights tonight now as spectators. The card will now feature seven bouts.