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April 17, 2014 11:34 AM Subscribe
What does it take for a state (USA) boxing commission to pull a professional fighter's license?
posted by jason's_planet to Society & Culture (3 answers total)
This is inspired by yesterday's front page post about fixing fights. I have not read that article in full (yet) but I do remember reading about the strategic use of tomato cans
to sharpen up-and-coming fighters' skills and generate implausibly good win-loss records. It's my understanding that professional boxers are licensed by state athletic commissions, that they compete in the ring at the sufferance of said commissions and that the commissions have the right to pull a fighter's license if they believe that continuing to compete would pose a threat to his health.
So what does it take for a state athletic commission to pull a fighter's license? At what point do they sit down with a guy and say "Hey, man. We need to talk. This your fifth straight TKO in the first half-dozen rounds. You've reached that age when the young ladies at Starbucks start addressing you as 'sir.' We can't let you do this to yourself anymore. It's time for you to find another career. Sorry. Thanks for everything. Take care."
Now that I think about it, do the various commissions share information? I remember reading a story about a boxer who had his license pulled in one state who was free to compete in another and ultimately died in the ring.
Many thanks in advance.