For the second time in less than four years, there is a major shakeup in the organizational chart of the Potomac Valley Association (PVA) of USA Boxing, the governing body of amateur boxing in Washington DC as well as Prince George's and Montgomery Counties in Maryland.
At a recent PVA Board of Governors meeting, Ronald Simms was stripped of his duties as president of the organization. Tony Bell, Sr. will serve as interim president. The PVA, according to information provided to BATB, cited a number of reasons for Mr. Simms's ouster including:
* Inability to raise funds for PVA during his tenure as president
* Coaching and training boxers in another Local Boxing Committee (LBC) to participate against PVA Boxers in local, regional and national tournaments
* Opening a second bank account for the PVA without the knowledge of or discussion with anyone on the PVA's board
*Sanctioning a recent amateur show in which four "exhibition" bouts took place and insisting PVA referees and judges work those bouts as training sessions. USA Boxing no longer allows exhibitions.
Reportedly, Mr. Simms is protesting the meeting, calling it an illegal one and will look to file a grievance with USA Boxing.
Mr. Simms was named the president of PVA in April of 2012, almost two years after a similar Board of Governors meeting forced the ouster of then-president Jerry Jerome in May of 2010. Mr. Jerome was relieved of his duties for violation of the PVA's voting process and conduct unbecoming a member of the PVA's board of directors. Mr. Jerome's wife, Cecilia, who served as treasurer at that time, was also ousted for failure to file important documents with the PVA and USA Boxing.
No word yet on who will serve as permanent PVA President.