(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
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
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 don’t 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
[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.