Australian Academy of Boxing Website
The National Health and Medical Research Council of
Australia did a research study of Boxing Injuries in 1994 and
published their findings to the community along with their
advised recommendations. One of the findings that came from a
British Medical Assoc. study The Boxing Debate was that from
1985-1993 there were 18 reported boxing deaths and 6 were
Despite these fatalities in
Old Style Amateur Boxing, as contested at the Olympic Games,
the rules that permit excessive power punches and contestants to
beat their opponents senseless, unconscious, or to death, still
Amateur Boxing Rules
Of 104 Boxers that competed in the 2000
Oceania Regional Championships
to qualify for the Sydney Olympics 32 (30.76%) failed to
complete their contests through being either punched into
submission 29 (27.88%) or through being injured or retiring 3
Only 20 (38.46%) contests out of 52 went the full distance of
four rounds with 32 (61.54%) being stopped within 4 rounds.
Golden Gloves Rules©
Of 769 Boxers that competed in
Golden Gloves Boxing®
& White Collar Boxing®
Inter-Club Competition Workshops from September 1995 to
November 2003 in 1183 rounds of boxing 11 (1.43%) failed to
complete their contests.
Of the 11 boxers retired by the referee 4 were for a nose bleed
under the 'No Bleeding Rule', 1 was for a slightly split nose, 1
was from a grazed cheek, 1 was from a body punch, and 4 were
Click on the
Style Boxing Rules Contest'
video clip for an example of what is allowed to happen to an
amateur boxing participant using old outdated rules.
Check out:- Who
Killed Davey Moore & Becky Zerlentes?
Also check out:-www.afterthelastround.com
A boxing documentary that shows the Becky Zerlentes bout and
possible degenerative faculty effects from taking powerful hits
to the head on too many occasions. As boxing trainer George
Kelly advised many years ago: 'Whilst a bulldozer can knock a
wall down with one hit, a hammer and chisel will do exactly the
same job, it just takes a bit longer'.
The Age newspaper photograph above
taken by Phil Garrick of heavyweight boxer Anderson Emmanual
knocked unconscious representing the Bahamas at the 2006
Melbourne Commonwealth Games is valid proof to anyone interested
that 'Olympic Style Boxing' is an unsafe participation sport.
A couple of days later The Sunday Age
'View From The Couch' column took the television commentator to
task for having the audacity to advise viewers that this type of
boxing was perfectly safe due to the wearing of headguards. The
'Views' parting shot regarding magical headgear was 'a
contention various medical authorities might conceivably pop a
Boxing at the Commonwealth Games was
conducted under AIBA 'Olympic Style Boxing Rules' that use
headguards without any form of chin protection, and herald
boxers who hit opponents hard enough to suffer concussion, to
the status of winner by KO. The Anderson Emmanual 'Friendly
Games' Knock-Out, the death of 'Becky Zerlentes' in 2005,
and Samoan Light-Heavyweight Farani Tavui, seen by viewers
from all over the world, being stretchered from the ring with
purported bleeding on the brain after being punched unconscious
at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games prove this type of boxing can
never be safe and never condoned in the name of amateur sport by
the public, sports organisations, or government authority.
'Olympic Style Boxing' has the same
safety problem at the grassroots level. Boxing Queensland Inc.
an Australian state amateur association advises on their website
that they are dedicated to taking amateur boxing to an all time
high by focusing on goals that include: 'To ensure the safety of
boxers is paramount and that all the latest safety and training
techniques are given to all registered clubs'. They also advise
they are affiliated with Boxing Australia, AIBA, The Australian
Olympic Committee and the Australian Commonwealth Games
Association. Of 20 noted contests at a Boxing Queensland
tournament in Caboolture during November 2005, 11(55%) were
stopped after boxers took severe punishment and 27(135%)
mandatory eight counts were administered on concussed boxers.
Two trainers threw the towel in to save their boxer and two just
quit after receiving beatings that would make a hardened sadist
|1. After the
Caboolture 'Olympic Style Boxing' carnage Boxing Queensland
should be in the forefront calling on AIBA to overhaul
'Olympic Style Boxing Rules' so that amateur participants no
longer face the prospect of being concussed or killed
everytime they box. Unless AIBA addresses these
urgent matters 'Olympic Style Boxing' is unacceptable and
per medical authority recommendations should be banned.
2. Required Rule Changes:
Headguards must have chin
(b) Only 16oz Boxing
Gloves (instead of 10oz) be permitted.
Per the 'AAB Excessive Punching Rule©' a boxer
throwing a punch with power excessive enough to knock an
opponent down or force them to lose defence capability
|3. The objective
of Amateur Boxing throughout the world should be focused
on point scoring skills, and the question needs to be asked
by all medical authorities and every Mum and Dad why in the
21st Century do the Olympic and Commonwealth Games
organisations and Government authorities allow amateur
participants to be concussed in the name of sport when the
problem can be avoided by simply changing the rules. Maybe
they just don't care.
of Boxing Sports & Fitness Manual'
provides indepth training knowledge for Boxacise® and
Boxing plus insights and viewpoints on 'Professional Boxing
Rules', old 'Olympic Style Boxing Rules', and modern
'Golden Gloves Boxing Rules' formats.
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