National Boxing Commission A No-go
National Boxing Commission a No-Go
By Loretta Hunt
With a 233-190 vote, the House of Representatives chose last week not to form a U.S. Boxing Commission, which would have created a 3-person appointed committee to oversee the sport at a national level. Currently, combat sports are sanctioned and regulated by individual states and their appointed entities.
Although the rejected bill applied solely to the pugilistic arts, there was warranted concern the bill could later be amended to include mixed martial arts.
Nick Lembo, Attorney General for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which oversees both boxing and MMA in its state, supported the vote. "We [the NJSACB] didn’t think it was necessary. It would add another layer of bureaucracy and we’d be concerned about political patronage hires. What we do think is necessary and where Congress could be of great help to any combative sport, is to pass uniform medical rules, have medical health and safety standards that are followed in every state."
Jungle Fight 5 ready to deliver!
By Eduardo Alonso
The stage is set here in the Tropical Hotel in Manaus, Brazil, for the fifth edition of Jungle Fight. Continually growing with each show, and establishing itself as the biggest show in Latin America, promoter Wallid Ismail seems to have once again overcome the usual difficulties and extracted the best out of each delicate situation. Just one day before to boarding his plane on the way to his bout against Jungle Fight veteran Helio Dipp, American fighter Mark Sursa suffered an injury. In an extremely quick negotiation Ismail was able to get rising sensation Edson Drago, a Meca and Minotauro Fight winner, to replace Sursa, who’s already safe and sound at the hotel. Drago is undefeated in MMA and has a series of knockouts under his belt; he has been a long-time rival of Dipp, who is making his Chute Boxe team debut, due to their origin in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre.
Other than that and a few minor issues, everything ran smoothly during the weigh-ins. Main event star, Pele Landi weighed almost 4 pounds over the limit of 185 lbs, and had to weigh-in again about three hours later, to be able to perform against Russian fighter Alexander Shlemenko. During the traditional face to face picture, Pele and Shlemenko captivated most of the attention with their staredown and grins, giving fans hopes of a barn burner. As always, the rivalry between Chute Boxe and Brazilian Top Team is also one of the main "courses" of the show, as Abu Dhabi runner up Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira and Julio Cesar Jamanta will finally fight, in a bout that was supposed to take place in Portugal about a month ago, with both fighters weighing a bit over their bout limit, but agreeing to fight anyway. With fighters like Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, Fredson Paixao, and others completing the card, emotions will run high in the Tropical Hotel arena Saturday night. Jungle Fight starts tomorrow at 8 PM local time, with a live broadcast on Brazilian Pay-Per-View. FCF will bring you all the action straight from Manaus.
From the event’s promoter:
Don’t miss the last SPORTFIGHT of the year
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Portland/Gresham OR. — Sportfight fans will see the Return of the best the NW has to offer in the first edition of the Proving Ground series Presented By Sportsbook.com "The Largest Sports Book and Casino On The Planet"
Sportfight is the Ultimate evolution of one-on-one combat. Sportfight is an all age sporting event fun for the whole family. Sportfight is sanctioned and licensed by the Oregon boxing and wrestling commission
December 03, 2005 7:30 pm doors open at 6:30 at Mt Hood Community College
For more information about the event visit www.sportfight.tv.