DID Don King do for Women's Boxing in the 1970's and 1980s?
"Yes, there was women's
boxing in Don King's life before Christy
Martin. . . I
uncovered some interesting boxing trivia about this infamous boxing
promoter!" by Sue TL Fox - December 10, 1999.
In an article that was published in March
1980 in the WBB Glove, the following article was published. The
title of the article was, "Is a Woman's Place in the Boxing Ring? Don
King wrote the following:
WOMENS BOXING is something that was unacceptable
in the past. Its not new, its been going on a long time, but I think
that its becoming more acceptable.
Todays hue and cry is equality, equality of the
sexes, and whatever a woman wants to do I think thats her personal
I think its the decision of the fans to go see
what they want to go see, and the ones that dont like it they shouldnt
go see it, they shouldnt be a part of the encouragement.
Truthfully, being a member of a minority it would be
very difficult for me to go against any minority trying to do anything
they support and advocate, so whatever the women want to do I think its
a personal decision and I certainly do support the women.
AS FOR PROMOTING womens boxing, I certainly would
consider it,. Ive been approached on several occasions to look at the
women. In fact, I have a womens program that they brought me on
videotape that I viewed and there certainly is one of those matches in
there, on of those girls who was just an exciting prizefighter. Really, Ive
seen a lot of them and a lot of them are just doing things in a
quasi-feminine style, but this girl was just throwing hooks and jabs and
moving back, stepping in and throwing uppercuts, hey, she could fight and
I got the film of it.
I was really excited about this girl, and I just may
put her in there in between bouts someday. I think it would really be
something super because then you would not view that as in a feminine
situation, where theyre delicate and dainty and they cant help
themselves. When you see this young lady, she can perform.
Ive never been opposed to womens boxing. Ive
always been for human rights, equal rights.
So the question is this. In 1987, Lady
Tyger Trimiar went on a one-month hunger
strike for the cause of the sport. So did King do anything to help
Apparently not---WBAN interviewed Lady Tyger Trimiar in 1999 and was
asked about King. Tyger told
us, if King fulfilled his promise to help the sport and her response
was, "He did nothing." Date: December 12, 1999
Top Photo: by Pepe Rodriguez