Terry J. Trekas, President of One Punch Productions, and the promoter of Nate Campbell, had this to say regarding the recent trading of press releases following the collapse of Campbell vs. Diaz: "The fact that Sycuan has decided to try once again to save their tarnished image by putting out inaccurate press releases is quite unfortunate. Joe DeGuardia's statement was quite accurate, however he did leave out a few details. He declined to mention that after Sycuan had accepted this bout initally, they in turn attempted to submit Julio Diaz vs. Rolando Reyes to the IBF for consideration as a #2 Eliminator, and submitting the same bout to ESPN for an April 5 date.
After being informed by the IBF that not only was Reyes suspended by Texas from the Jose Luis Castillo bout on Feb 4, but also since Star Boxing and One Punch Productions had already submitted a request for a #2 eliminator, that the request for Diaz vs. Reyes would be denied. It was at this point that Sycuan agreed to Campbell vs. Diaz for the second time. This agreement however was only a smokescreen to buy time for our Feb 24 deadline to elapse. Sycuan had meanwhile petitioned Texas to reduce Reyes suspension, which Texas in fact reduced to 12 days, which expired on Feb 20. It was Sycuan's hope that we would be unable to secure the Hlatshwayo bout by the Feb 24 deadline, allowing them to then submit Diaz vs. Reyes for the #2 spot. This almost worked, as we had to wait until Feb 25 to secure Hlatshwayo, since he fought Aldo Rios that night in South Africa, and we had to wait for the result of that bout in order to finalize Campbell vs. Hlatshwayo. If not for the integrity of the IBF in not allowing Sycuan to benefit from their dishonest tactics in agreeing to, then withdrawing from, then agreeing to, and then withdrawing from the Campbell bout, not to mention the interference in a medical suspension from another state, then Sycuan's plan might actually have worked.
Now due to the fact that every action I just mentioned is the truth, and can be independantly verified, there only response to this will be something along the lines of "Who is One Punch"? in an attempt to divert attention to the fact that I am a small promoter who has chosen to align myself with Joe DeGuardia in order to do what is best for my fighter, Nate Campbell. What they really should be looking at is why would they have issued a release admitting that they turned down $130,000 to fight Nate last October, when Nate was coming off a split decision LOSS to Francisco Lorenzo? Not exactly a great career move turning down that kind of money, considering that Julio hasn't gotten near a ring since then. Meanwhile, their fighter is collecting dust while they keep turning down offer after offer, and now their fighter is being passed over by Nate in a #2 eliminator. But then again, these are the same guys who thought you could wait until AFTER a world title bout to decide if you wanted to pay the sanctioning fees or not, so I guess we shouldn't expect too much from them. Joe and I are in agreement that if they would like to attend the next installment of Roy Englebrect's Fight Promoter University, then we would be happy to assist with their tuition. It might make things easier down the road when Nate is the IBF World Champion and we decide to offer Diaz a shot sometime in 2007."