Joey Gilbert suspension is upheld |

Joey Gilbert suspension is upheld


The Nevada State Athletic Commission affirmed the temporary suspension of Reno middleweight Joey Gilbert during an agenda meeting Tuesday in the Grant Sawyer Building of the Legislature Council Bureau in Las Vegas.

Four of the five commission members voted in the meeting, with commission member Joe Brown recusing himself. He will leave the commission on Oct. 31. Reno’s Pat Lunvall and Bill Brady will join the commission beginning Nov. 1.

The 31-year-old Gilbert (16-1, 12 knockouts) tested positive for six banned substances in urinalysis tests conducted before and after his first-round technical knockout of Charles Howe at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno on Sept. 21.

Sandy Johnson, administrative assistant for the commission, said Tuesday the temporary suspension would remain affirmed until Gilbert has a formal disciplinary hearing.

Johnson said Gilbert did not attend the meeting, nor was he required to do so. She said Reno-based attorney Michael Alonso, of the Jones-Vargas law firm, represented Gilbert.

According to Johnson, Alonso said that he wouldn’t be prepared to go forth in the commission’s next meeting on Oct. 24, having retained Gilbert as a client on Oct. 12. The Nevada Appeal was unsuccessful in reaching Alonso for comment.

Johnson said Gilbert’s formal administrative hearing would likely happen in mid-November, before Thanksgiving.

Brinkley to face new opponent

Yerington super middleweight Jesse Brinkley will meet a new opponent in the 10-round main event of “Collision Course,” a seven-fight boxing card presented by Let’s Get It On Promotions on Saturday at Grande Exposition Hall in the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.

Isaiah “The Prophet” Henderson (11-6, 7 knockouts) of Kansas City, Mo., replaces Brinkley’s original opponent, Donnell “Cadillac” Wiggins, who announced Monday that he couldn’t make the contract weight of 168 pounds.

It will be the fifth fight in 2007 for Henderson, who is coming off an eighth-round technical knockout at the hands of Kevin Engel. Before meeting Engel, Henderson had notched a ninth-round TKO over Jesse Shewmaker. Shewmaker was 13-0 at the time.

In 2003, the 23-year-old Henderson fought to a six-round draw with Wiggins (29-4-3, 14 knockouts). In his last fight, the 30-year-old Brinkley (28-5, 19 knockouts) stopped Dallas Vargas in nine rounds July 6 in Reno.

The card features five other bouts:

— Derek Hinkey, 3-0 (3), of McDermitt, will meet Ray Craig, 4-2 (2), of Oakland in a four-round super middleweight bout.

— In a four-round heavyweight match, Tyler Hinkey, 1-0 (1), of McDermitt, takes on Alvaro Morales, 0-0-1, of Las Vegas.

— Reno’s Jaime Rodriguez, 4-2 (2), and Carlos Musquez, 3-1-1, of Sacramento, will clash in a six-round junior welterweight match.

— A pair of locals will meet in a four-round middleweight bout when South Lake Tahoe’s Simon Ruvalcaba, 3-8-2, takes on Carson City’s Flavio Cardoza, 0-1.

— Sacramento’s Brandon Gonzales, 2-0 (2), and Los Angeles’ Cromwell Gordon, 3-6 (3), meet in a four-round middleweight contest.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The first bout begins at 7.

Tickets are $150, $75 and $30 and are available at,, by calling (800) 687-8733 or (775) 329-4777, or by visiting the Silver Legacy box office.

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