No Debate, Two-Minute Rounds Must Go and More News
By David A. Avila
Crazy as it sounds, women’s prizefighting has existed for nearly 100 years. It’s only now enjoying the fruits of exposure.
Despite the lengthy history, one major obstacle stands out: the two-minute round.
Last weekend Alycia Baumgardner and Christina Linardatou battled skillfully for 10 rounds for the undisputed super featherweight world championship. Though it’s an incredible honor to be undisputed, the speed of the contest flew by so quickly because of the shortness of the rounds.
When is the two-minute round going to stop?
Bring the three-minute round now.
Several top professional judges in California and Nevada have mentioned to this journalist that the rounds are too short and not enough time to truly measure the winners.
Two minutes is not nearly enough time to measure the winners of a round if both are landing and connecting.
The boxing judges we talked with informally, did not want to go on record because they still want to judge women’s fights. But they don’t want to be penalized for going on record of their complaints.
All the judges interviewed starkly abhor two-minute rounds.
So, who is to blame for making the women fights at two-minute rounds?
If you ask promoters, they point to the athletic commission or fighters. If you ask the commissions they point at the promoters. Only one promoter honestly came out and said he does not like three-minute rounds.
And, of course, there are the sanctioning bodies like the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and WBC.
Only the WBC prohibits three-minute rounds. They point to a so-called UCLA doctor that says the extra minute is dangerous to women because they have thinner skulls or something like that.
Yet MMA has five-minute rounds and allows kicks to the head. That’s far more dangerous.
And who is to say a female fighter cannot die within a minute or two minutes instead of three. It’s happened many times already. Boxing is a dangerous sport within a minute or three.
It seems only the fighters can demand three-minute rounds, but they seem afraid of the boogeyman. Champions like Claressa Shields, Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano, Alycia Baumgardner, Savannah Marshall and Chantelle Cameron are undisputed champions. Yes, they all have the WBC belts, but why not force that organization to accept three-minute rounds?
Fighters have the power.
Sanctioning organizations make their money from the fighters, not the other way around.
Fighters also have the power to demand promoters to make three-minute round fights. If the sanctioning body takes the belt away, so what? It only devalues their worth if an undisputed champion has the belt taken away because of a sanctimonious person in charge.
Watching Baumgardner and Linardatou perform the sweet science would have been even better with an extra minute each round. Their skill level was top-notch, it could have been even better.
Get rid of the two-minute round champions. It’s time for women’s boxing to progress.
Thompson Boxing No More
This Friday July 21, the very last Thompson Boxing Promotions show will take place at Ontario, California where they staged fights since 2000.
Over the past two decades female prizefighters were allowed to perform including former world champion Sindy Amador. Others like Amaris Quintana, Anahi Torres, Maria Suarez, Jolene Blackshear, Adrienne Alegria, Carina Moreno, Gloria Salas, Blanca Raymundo, Cristina Fuentes, Karen Martin, Katarina De La Cruz, Carla Wilcox and Marilyn Salcido fought on Thompson shows held at Ontario, Corona and Orange.
Ken Thompson, the promoter and owner of Thompson Building Supplies passed away earlier this year. The boxing world will truly miss him.
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