Bajingo· Premium Member
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:thinkAmerican senators John McCain and Harry Reid have introduced legislation that would create a national body to govern boxing.
The United States Boxing Commission would be tasked with administering federal boxing law, working with the industry and local commissions and licensing boxers, promoters, managers and sanctioning bodies.
While sanctioning bodies could provide names of referees and judges it considers qualified, only the the national commission could make appointments for fights.
It comes in the wake of of Timothy Bradley's controversial points decision win against Manny Pacquiao earlier this month, when the majority of viewers felt Pacquiao had won by a wide margin.
"Clearly, the conspiracy theories and speculation surrounding the fight are given life because there are so many questions surrounding the integrity of the sport, and how it is managed in multiple juristictions," said McCain.
The former presidential candidate, who boxed during his time at the US Naval Academy, pointed out that boxing is the only sport in the United States without a strong, centralized association to regulate it.
Interesting. It's certainly a step in the right direction, but I wonder how much power this new body will actually have. Can/will they suspend bad officials, for instance? Or introduce mandatory VADA testing? Also it's a shame that it took a bad decision in such a high profile fight to make this happen, when there are robberies as bad as that frequently and there have been much worse decisions already this year.