Paez Jr. denied entry to U.S., won't fight Saturday

Originally Published: June 30, 2006
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Junior welterweight prospect Jorge Paez Jr., who was to fight on a Showtime boxing card featuring five boxers from famous boxing families Saturday night, is off the show.

Paez, of Mexico, was denied entry into the United States by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Showtime announced Friday.

Paez, 18, attempted several times to gain admittance into the U.S. Thursday and Friday, but access was not granted, and it doesn't appear as though that access will be forthcoming in time for him to participate in a six-round fight against Armand Horn in Manistee, Mich.

"We are sick about this," said Scott Woodworth, vice president of Paez co-promoter Sycuan Ringside Promotions. "Everyone involved with this bout and card knows how long and hard we all worked to make this fight. Now, a case of mistaken identity prevents Paez Jr. from entering the United States in time to fight Saturday. But, far be it for Sycuan Ringside Promotions to suggest that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is not doing its job. It is unfortunate for all concerned, especially Jorge Jr."

Paez (9-0, 7 KOs) is the son of former featherweight champion Jorge Paez Sr.

The rest of the broadcast (9 p.m. ET/PT) will go on as scheduled, a tripleheader that includes three sons of former world champions and the cousin of another.

Featured will be heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (cousin of former two-time heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon); middleweight Ronald Hearns (son of former five-division champ Thomas Hearns); and middleweight Stephan Pryor (son of Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor) facing James McGirt Jr. (son of former two-time champion James "Buddy" McGirt).

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com