Death spurs Nevada boxing panel to eye amateur events issue

December 10, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada boxing regulators plan to take up the question of oversight of amateur boxing events on Monday following the death last month of a University of Nevada, Las Vegas student competitor at a fraternity charity boxing event.

Nevada Athletic Commission Chairman Stephen J. Cloobeck declined to outline recommendations ahead of a meeting of the five-member panel.

The focus will be on a state law that exempts from commission oversight competitions involving students and conducted by schools, colleges, universities and associated organizations.

Nathan Valencia, 20, was hospitalized and died from head injuries four days after collapsing following his bout at a Nov. 19 charity boxing match sponsored by school-sanctioned fraternity Kappa Sigma.

The school’s oldest fraternity had hosted the event for at least 10 years without Athletic Commission oversight. It has been suspended by UNLV and its national organization pending investigations.


Cloobeck has said the commission, with authority over what state law calls “contests and exhibitions of unarmed combat,” would have regulated promoting, permitting, weigh-ins, referee requirements and insurance. Medical care would have been required on-site.

Valencia’s family, through their attorneys, have called for parties involved in the event to be held responsible for his death.

Las Vegas police have said no criminal charges will be filed.