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Women's Boxing:   "The Satisfaction of Being An Advocate"
by Eddie Montalvo
August 9, 2016

(AUG 9)  When I began "Advocating" for support of Women's Boxing and for better representation of female boxers, I wasn't prepared for what was to come.

Although I consider myself to be someone who is well versed academically, professionally and socially I must admit, the 'reality' of my experiences and the many challenges I faced throughout this journey at times had me contemplating on turning away. But with a relentless drive that paralleled that of a prize fighter, I had already made my mind up that I was "all in until the final bell."

A major part of my resilience and continuance as an 'Advocate' has to do with my responsibility to embrace the very essence of that 'advocacy,' because for me really making a difference is, the ultimate vision, the ultimate goal... Bottom Line.

I am pleased to finally see women's boxing on Primetime in America. Albeit, just one bout.

The News trending that the Heather Hardy vs. Shelly Vincent bout will be on PBC's National broadcast scheduled for August 21st on NBCSN is, quite exciting.

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The atomic energy the Pre-Hardy vs. Vincent Showdown has built and the confirmation that it will be broadcast means that millions of U.S. viewers will be able to see it right at home.

Can this bout between Hardy and Vincent live up to its hype?

Certainly, this opportunity for both Heather and Shelly comes at a time when Women's Boxing yearns for this kind of 'support' and exposure. And that's exciting!, because Heather and Shelly (among several other female fighters in the U.S.) have done a remarkable job in self-marketing themselves.

Female fighters have sacrificed a lot. They have subjected themselves to be judged, ridiculed and insulted; forced to sell tickets in order to get on a card; accepted the most minimal purse a debut fighter receives even after having over a dozen fights on their resumes. Yet, they push on, legitimately earning their keep in the sport.

I am confident that women's boxing here in America will begin to be recognized as a force to be reckoned with with each opportunity female boxers get to compete Live on national television on major fight cards.

There are numerous fighters in various divisions who are quite talented and exciting to watch. And I tell you, it would be quite a let down, not to mention a huge injustice, if only certain female fighters are embraced and supported to compete on major fight cards and on Television. It would certainly defeat the purpose.

Can and should "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya follow suit? Or even Roc Nation and Mayweather Promotions? Absolutely!

Women's boxing cannot afford to just have one promoter promoting 1 or 2 fighters on televised bouts once or twice a year.

It would be extraordinary if the aforementioned U.S. promoters entertained embracing and supporting several fighters in different weight divisions, at the same time. Build a stable (if you will) where female fighters can flourish in the sport with the support of a promoter. This in turn would assist in further enhancing women's boxing opportunities on major fight cards.

However, The Sport of Women's Boxing has not received its well deserved recognition because there are far too few promoters willing to invest in Women's Boxing. "The risks," some say, "are Catastrophic."

Can women's boxing be as successful here in the U.S. as it is in Mexico? (In the long term) I believe so. I truly believe that... And that is Satisfying.

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