(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
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.
Copyrighted graphic: WBC
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
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
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.