As we previously reported, Gary Shaw, will be taking a step back from the limelight to focus more on his boxing company and his personal life. Reports that he was being pushed out by CBS brass were off base according to his son and VP of EliteXC Jared Shaw.
“Gary is still completely part of this company,” Shaw told Fightline.com. “He’s gonna be taking a step back from the public eye and it has nothing to do with the erroneous reports out there that it has to do with the CBS people or the Santa Mona Capital people. The CBS officials are great people. They’re excellent at their jobs and even better when it comes to letting us be great at our jobs. With Gary, this has everything to do with a blossoming boxing company and just spending more time with his wife and his grandchildren as they get older.”
Shaw’s new role was further defined late last week at an EliteXC conference call by ProElite Executive Chairman Doug DeLuca.
“Gary is still very involved with ProElite,” he said. “Gary and our team from Day One at ProElite basically took MMA at our company from ground zero to a huge network success. So, Gary’s got a lot to be proud of in the MMA world. In the process of doing it, as you can imagine, Gary being from the East Coast and we being a West Coast company, took a lot of time from Gary. He was traveling nonstop. It took a toll on his boxing business, which is very successful, and it took a toll on his family. To some degree, it took a toll on his health.
“We collectively made the decision that Gary was going to back off a little bit, kind of take a little bit of a relaxed role as far as being involved front and center, which is a good thing for all those three things, for his health, for his boxing business, and for his family. But Gary is still very much involved, and I still talk to him almost every day. He’s still there. Gary’s interest still lies in EliteXC and ProElite, making it a top organization in the world. That’s the status with Gary.”
“I would say he’s more or less consulting in terms of all his promoter abilities, all his contacts and everything Gary does,” DeLuca continued. “So Gary is kind of behind the scenes with us, kind of shaping the direction of the company, the way it’s going, pulling the strings in terms of how we’re going to promote, what we’re going to do. Again, his involvement is very much similar to what it’s always been. The difference is, he’s not going to be front and center, doing all the time consuming stuff that he’s done in the past.”