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Should Breast Implants Deny females from Boxing or fighting in MMA? Louisiana Thinks so!
by Sue TL Fox
September 16, 2013


(SEPT 16) WBAN has learned this week that the Louisiana Athletic Commission has had an emergency meeting, banning female boxers and MMA fighters from competing in the sport in Louisiana,  in a "Sky is falling" approach to women in contact sports--if the female competitor in boxing or MMA has a "breast implant."

This recent decision from Louisiana, was made after a female boxer had reportedly pulled out of a match due to problems with her implant.

According the CBS-Houston they reported the following:  "Women who have breast implants are now prohibited from competing in mixed martial arts or boxing matches in the state of Louisiana. According to The Times-Picayune, the Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Commission passed a rule Wednesday stating that women will need to get clearance from the plastic surgeons who performed their implants or they would not be allowed to fight."

The Times-Picayune reports that a moratorium will be in place for 60 days as more information is gathered on the subject.

Commissioner Harold Williams was stated in that article:  "If they want to look good, then they don't have to be in the ring."

My comment to Mr. Williams:
  Not EVERY female gets IMPLANTS to look good.  Some have implants because they could have had breast cancer, asymmetrical breasts, deformities, extreme weight loss, and there is probably a host of reasons that females have implants.

I have been covering the sport now for 15 years---and have yet to receive ONE story about a female boxer having had a ruptured implant due to boxing.

 I ran a health questionnaire on WBAN for over 10 years, and not in one injury report did we ever receive info that a female boxer or MMA fighter suffered a ruptured implant. 

In the article on The Times-Picayune, Dr. Thomas Ferguson, a member of the commission was quoted as saying that he believes that plastic surgeons would not sign off on their patients competing. "I dont know of a single plastic surgeon who is going to allow his artistic work to be messed up."

WBAN would like to invite the Louisiana Commission to cite any incidents of this happening in their state.  They can email us that info at wban10@aol.com.

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[Top Photo- Telegraph]  Model and boxer banned from boxing in the UK in 2009:  A former model who wanted to become the first woman boxer to represent Britain at the Olympics has been barred from the ring - because she has breast implants.  Sarah Blewden: Miss Blewden from Poole, Dorset, who runs a hair salon, said that the decision was 'ridiculous'.  Sarah Blewden, 25, took up the sport two years ago to keep fit and hoped to enter competitive bouts after discovering she had a natural talent.  But the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) turned down her application on the grounds that the breast enlargement she underwent in 2003 put her at greater health risk.

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