MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico-based World Boxing Council will not schedule Mexican fighters for bouts in Arizona to protest what it called the state's "shameful, inhuman and discriminatory" immigration law.

Arizona recently passed a law that makes it a crime to be in the state illegally.

WBC president Jose Sulaiman said in a statement on Thursday that the ban on Arizona fights involving Mexican fighters has also been approved by the Federation of Boxing Commissions of Mexico.

The ban will start Saturday.

Critics say the law will lead to racial profiling by police.