In the red corner, a new boxing and fights commission…

February 24, 2009

disciplinary, regulation

Source: http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090204.wsptlobby4/GSStory/GlobeSportsOther/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20090204.wsptlobby4

The owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) are concerned that it could come under federal regulation in much the same way as boxing, if a new commission is established by a boxing bill currently before Congress. The bill’s House sponsor is Representative Peter King, (a New York Republican who previously tried to pass a similar bill in 2004). That time it succeeded in the Senate, but not the House.

While King comments that he can appreciate why UFC are worried, he has said there was no intent to cover mixed martial arts when the bill was drafted, and he has no intention to detract the focus away from boxing in order to streamline its passage through Congress. Apparently, President Barack Obama has yet to take a position on the bill.

The proposed legislation would establish a U.S. Boxing Commission under the Commerce Department, charged with protecting the health, safety and general interests of boxers. The commission would oversee all professional boxing matches and license boxers, promoters, managers and sanctioning organizations.

Essentially, by pushing for the bill, King is saying that he doesn’t trust the governance of National and International bodies like the International Boxing Federation (IBF) or the World Boxing Federation (WBF) to regulate the sport. If this position is true, I would think that UFC has every reason to be worried given the mixed reaction lawmakers have had to the sport.

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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One Comment on “In the red corner, a new boxing and fights commission…”

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