Rayco Saunders is stating that he is signed to fight Grzegorz Soszynski for the I.B.F. North American light heavyweight title but that Soszynski is runningscared. This comes via Saunders facebook page:
As you can see below, I am schedule to fight for an I.B.F, championship belt. Reasonbeing because I work hard at this craft called boxing. I'll fight ANYONE,ANYWHERE, ANYTIME! Unlike others from Pittsburgh who fight "HANDPICKED" opponents who can barely fight because they themselves can BARELYfight , I fight the best to be the BEST!!!
It doesn't matter how much THE MEDIA tries to pump up & hype up these SOCALLED "boxers", none of them will out last "WAR"! I am aREAL FIGHTER! Currently 37, with 8 more years STRONG, left in me, I will be THEMAN when they come! I will be THE MAN while they're here! And I will be THE MANas I watch them go!My opponent from Europe has now found out that he has made a very costlymistake by signing to fight me. Through out the boxing world, It suggested thatI am given no more than a couple weeks to prepare because when givenapproximately 6 weeks to prepare, I am one of the most focused, supremelyconditioned, prepared athletes in the world!After we both have signed and returned our contracts to fight on 17 Feb, 2012,my opponent is trying to withdraw from our agreed upon fight. He has giveninterviews, etc., about our fight.http://www.bokser.org/_special_service_GrzegorzSoszynski_level3_PL.jsphttp://www.internationalperfecttrading.us/news-details.aspx?id=20Now he is trying to run. NFL teams MUST play whomever is on their schedule onthe day they are suppose to play! This is one of the things wrong withprofessional boxing. PEOPLE CAN SIGN CONTRACTS AND NOT HONOR THEM! Things likethis should be brought to the public's attention and I will continue to bringthem. I'm telling Grzegorz Soszynski that, "I can smell your fear!""You signed to fight, let's fight!" "I will come to you WHEREVERyou are!"Rayco "WAR" SaundersFax 877.458.5604(Agreement) Contract for Professional Boxing Contest
Date:Jan 13th 2012
Promoter:Sammy Merza____ Date of Contest February/17/2012
ContestantRayco Saunders Weigh-In: Ugly Hookah
Contestguarantees that He/She is in good health and physically able to participate ina Boxing Contestof 10 rounds at a weight 175 lbs., at 6:30 PM(If Contestant is over his weight he must lose the weight or will get penalized$75 for each pound over)
On 02/17/2012 (Date) with (Opponent) Gregory Soszynski
@Cicero Stadium (Venue), 1909 S. Laramie IL, 60804. (708)652-3545begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (708)652-3545 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
* Contestant must attend weigh in at 6:00pm Thursday 02/16/12 at 3415 w. BrynMawr Chicago Il, 60659 773-716-9111This bout will be for the IBF-North America light Heavyweight Championship.
Contestant also guarantees that he/she is aware of the rules and regulations ofboxing in the state of Illinois and is prepared to abide by same. Promoter isliable for payment of premiums for state approved boxers insurance for hospitaland life insurance and any costs over the policies maximum limits are theresponsibility of the contestant.
Contestant agrees that from date of contract until date of aforementionedcontest, he/she will not participate in any contest of unarmed combat, includingbut not limited to; Professional boxing, boxing exhibition, toughman contest,or ultimate fighting competition. Failure to abide by this stipulation will bejust cause for promoter to seek reparation for any and all damages and orlosses incurred by such failure. The (Promoter) will then be justified to seekrelief from (Contestant) and (Manager) in a court of law and/or any applicableathletic or boxing commission.
Promoter reserves right to postpone any fight and to reschedule such fight upto (30) thirty days from original date without penalty. However, this shall beconsidered a good faith agreement and such postponement will not take placeunless it is absolutely necessary. The bout will be recorded and promoter willhave all rights to the recording.
Since most contractual agreement and handled via facsimile machines, nocontracts will be considered valid until promoter receives signed contractsfrom both parties, at which time promoter or matchmaker will notify bothparties in writing or via fax that as of that date and time said contracts willbe considered finalized and valid.
Illinois requires that all boxers male/female must have their Federal I.D,Physical, Hepatitis B&C recent HIV test (1 year or less). All female boxersmust have a recent pregnancy test (U.C.G) (30 days). All boxers also need therestate boxing license within 3days prior to the Contest.
All contracts must be returned within (7) seven days or offer for fight may beconsidered valid by promoter
It appears that Soszynski has signed to fight Saunders but is backing out. He also takes a shot at some Pittsburgh fighters and I have reached out to him to see if I can get some sort of clarification on that.
If he responds I will have more on this in the coming days.