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So What 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:

WOMEN’S BOXING is something that was unacceptable in the past. It’s not new, it’s been going on a long time, but I think that it’s becoming more acceptable.

Today’s hue and cry is equality, equality of the sexes, and whatever a woman wants to do I think that’s her personal decision.

I think it’s the decision of the fans to go see what they want to go see, and the ones that don’t like it they shouldn’t go see it, they shouldn’t 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 it’s a personal decision and I certainly do support the women.

AS FOR PROMOTING women’s boxing, I certainly would consider it,. I’ve been approached on several occasions to look at the women. In fact, I have a women’s 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, I’ve 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 they’re delicate and dainty and they can’t help themselves. When you see this young lady, she can perform.

I’ve never been opposed to women’s boxing. I’ve 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 the sport?

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
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