A preliminary investigation by the Florida State Boxing Commission into the October 4th EliteXC main event between Kimbo Slice and Seth Petruzelli has found no wrongdoing and the case has been closed.
The results of the investigation were released by the commission late Thursday and a full investigation into the matter will not take place.
Accusations of potential fight fixing began to swirl following an appearance by the late-replacement Petruzelli on a radio show in which he stated he was paid to stand up with the knockout artist Slice. Though both Petruzelli and EliteXC management immediately issued statements clarifying Petruzelli’s comments as referring to a standard knockout bonus, the claims picked up steam as other sources seemingly substantiated the claims.
However, the Florida investigation uncovered no evidence of wrongdoings and the case in now closed, though the bout will forever be remembered not only for its shocking finish by the heavy underdog Petruzelli, but also as the nail in EliteXC’s coffin, forcing the promotion to close its doors less than two weeks later.