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Nevermind: California re-asserts lifetime ban for Javier Capetillo after licensing snafu

By Zach Arnold | September 3, 2015

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Tuesday’s California State Athletic Commission meeting in Los Angeles was a circus and the star of the show was Antonio Margarito’s former trainer, Javier Capetillo.

If you’re a veteran reader of this site, you know the story about Antonio Margarito’s illegal hand-wraps that were caught before his January 2009 Staples Center fight against Shane Mosley. Margarito’s trainer, Javier Capetillo, was suspended in 2009 after athletic inspectors Dean Lohuis and Mike Bray were alerted by Shane Mosley’s trainer Naazim Richardson that Margarito had plaster wraps. Che Guevara, working as an athletic inspector at Staples Center, missed it. When it came time to suspend Margarito and strip Capetillo of his license, Lohuis and Bray were thrown under the bus while Guevara was promoted to Lohuis’s position as Chief Athletic Inspector.

Guevara, a main player in that Margarito incident, was at Tuesday’s athletic commission to receive a posthumous award for the late Michael King, a boxing promoter who made his King World fortune syndicating Oprah Winfrey’s TV show and by acting as a mega-bundler in Pacific Palisades for President Barack Obama.

Rather than asking Guevara to stick around and testify about what Capetillo had done, he was nowhere to be found during Tuesday’s hearing regarding Capetillo appealing the Athletic Commission for reinstatement.

There was a lot of Barry Horowitz-style hand-patting at Tuesday’s meeting for both the NABF & WBC giving Andy Foster awards and acknowledgement of service performed as Executive Officer. Perhaps they haven’t been paying attention to what is going on with the Javier Capetillo licensing situation in California.

The facts and the arguments

In September of 2014, Javier Capetillo filled out an application for a second’s license and sent the application to the Sacramento office. In November of 2014, he received a letter acknowledging that the front office got the application and included a receipt for his payment.

This is where everything went to hell in a hand-basket.

The Attorney General’s office argued on Tuesday that what Capetillo received in the mail was simply acknowledgement that they had received his application and money — nothing more. Capetillo claimed that he got his second’s license and that he had two conversations with the front office before applying to get licensed in Nevada based on his new California license.

In March of 2015 at an Al Haymon PBC event for Spike TV in Ontario, Capetillo showed up to work a boxer’s corner. He was stopped by Andy Foster at the show and told he could not work. Capetillo claims that Foster told him he received his license in error and sent a denial of license letter on March 11th.

The problem with the AG’s office arguing that the Athletic Commission didn’t give Capetillo a license is that their own documentation, which we clearly highlighted on the web site, showed month after month that the front office acknowledged giving Capetillo his new license.

When I filed a Public Record Act request to get the application form that Capetillo had filled out for his second’s license, Sacramento denied the PRA request on the grounds of privacy because they supposedly didn’t grant Capetillo a license. In other words, they were stonewalling. Exhausting administrative remedy, we filed a formal appeal regarding our PRA to get Capetillo’s licensing application sheet — and were promptly told by DCA that they had made an administrative error in claiming Capetillo had been given a license and that they wouldn’t screw up again.

How do you rehabilitate someone who is suspended for life?

When Javier Capetillo was stripped of his license, it essentially was the equivalent of the death penalty. Six years after losing his license, here he was trying to get reinstated after the front office screwed up and gave him a new license.

Instead of focusing on the front office screwing up, the Attorney General’s office moved the goalposts at Tuesday’s meeting by claiming that the burden of proof for reinstatement was on Capetillo and that he had to show that he was a rehabilitated person after having his license stripped.

Putting aside the fact that the AG’s office moved the goalposts and changed the legal arguments at stake, Javier Capetillo was still the same old Javier Capetillo when discussing what had happened. He used the Pete Rose playbook and it got him nowhere. He maintained the incident with Margarito’s hand wraps was a mistake, an accideent.

“I believe a lot in God. Those who believe in God loves others and I’ve never done any harm to anybody in my life, to the contrary.

“My weakness has been to seek out God.”

Capetillo claimed he went into deep depression after losing his license.

“The only thing I’m asking you is a chance to work. That’s it.”

Andy Foster stated that he would continue to deny any future applications filled out by Javier Capetillo.

The Athletic Commission board denied Capetillo’s appeal for his new second’s license. Van Gordon Sauter, Governor Jerry Brown’s brother-in-law, called out Tuesday’s hearing for Capetillo.

“I personally find this an unrewarding experience. Did this man get a hearing? My point of view would be no. I think if he would have had an effective attorney, he would have been in a far stronger position than he now possesses. So I find myself quite troubled by this.

“I’m in no way diminishing the egregiousness of the offense of which he was found guilty. He’s coming in here to make an appeal and I don’t think it’s an equitable process.”

Capetillo then played the “parole” card by pontificating that if some murderers can get pardoned, why can’t he?

“How do you know I don’t have remorse? We’ve never shared time together. God bless you.”

Intriguingly enough, Carvelli criticized Andy Foster’s front office for creating confusion by sending a receipt to Capetillo in the mail after he had filled out his second’s application because it led to the confusion that created this circus in the first place.

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9 Responses to “Nevermind: California re-asserts lifetime ban for Javier Capetillo after licensing snafu”

  1. Jonathan says:


    Has your interest level in the sport devolved to the point where we can expect about one post a month on average? I’ve been following for damn near a decade, so I just wanted to check before I took this site off of my favorites.

    • Zach Arnold says:

      I’ve been doing a lot of things behind the scenes and life has changed quite a bit over the last year.

      When I feel there are topics worthy writing about, I’ll dedicate my efforts in writing. Right now, there really wasn’t a lot that caught my interest. I don’t need to be spending my days writing items about Anthony Johnson internet rants. Anthony Johnson articles are a dime a dozen.

      Use an RSS reader rather than Favorite the site. I won’t yell at you for it, I promise… even if RSS readers are going the way of the do-do bird.

      My hope is that by this time next year, all the various matters I’m dealing with for work and in life in general will have settled down so I can spend more time and energy on things I enjoy doing. And I do enjoy writing.

      For what it’s worth, Shlemenko did file a lawsuit against the Athletic Commission as I pretty much laid out he would do. The circus never stops.

      • Jonathan says:


        I appreciate your response, and I wanted to let you know that I wasn’t flaming you. Your response has kept me a fan of this site. I’ll keep it favorit-ed and will visit often to help keep your views up. I hope you are able to resolve and work through your issues.



    How bout an article on how the male lw and below fighters are sexually attracted to other male lw fighters and obviously for same sex marriage. Conner wants aldo to be his lover, and cowboy seemingly growing weary of his herd of sheep wants a homosexual rendezvous with Conner. Is this what happens when “little man complex” goes untreated?

    • klown says:


      • DIAZ'S PACKED BOWL says:

        I simply looked at recent mma “headlines” which are strangely homoerotic and smacking of an inherent misogynistic bent.
        AJ’s blatant and vociferous woman hating aside, Cowboy wants to bend conner over, conner wants aldo to be his bitch, wear red panties, among other pathetic verbal dribbling shows a rather dehumanizing objectification of women among the macho little men of the ufc. It indicates a disturbing undercurrent of misplaced misogyny, and homosexuality.

        And the fact that dana is seemingly the only one to note that Conners fly was down, does nothing to dispel the notion that Dana’s verbal “gaff” in this episode of TUF
        was anything less than a freudian slip.

  3. Zach Arnold says:

    I watched UFC 191 last night — what a load that was.

    I’ve said before that when UFC is hot, it is red hot and when it is cold, man is it ice cold. A glorified WSOF show on PPV.

    Rivera vs. Lineker on the prelims was by far the highlight of the night.

    I’ll write something about this show today or tomorrow but I’m digesting my thoughts on how to approach the topic of the smaller weight class fighters. If the IV ban forces the smaller guys up a class, it may turn out to be a benefit in terms of moving away from sub-155 divisions that the fans largely don’t seem to care about.

  4. klown says:

    I was most disappointed by Mir-Arlovski. Looks like the last lingering effects of TRT on Mir have now worn off entirely.

  5. Safari_Punch says:

    Sakikabra is set to announce the start of his new promotion in a few weeks. While at the same time Fedor is going to reveal where he will fight next. If these two are linked with Fuji TV potentially giving MMA another go, can the JMMA scene make a comeback? How will PRIDE 2.0 be different or will the formula remain the same?


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