30 Reasons To Watch: #25

How many people will say that the newest Olympic sport – Women’s Boxing – has no place in the Olympic Games?

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By Mike Tierney, Special to Universal Sports

For female fighters, the good fight is over. Or is it?

The Summer Olympics is finally devoid of guys-only sports with the unveiling of women’s boxing in London. Still, equality remains beyond arm’s reach. Only 36 entrants in three weight classes will jab and uppercut, compared to 250 men in 10 divisions, which has forced entrants to drastically cut or pile on pounds to fit into a particular class. And some contestants might feel compelled to wear skirts, which the international federation has encouraged, though not for these Games.

Not everyone in the testosterone set is applauding. To accommodate their counterparts, the men had to reduce the size of their field by eliminating a weight class. Once the viewing public discovers the presence of female pugilists, no doubt some outrage will be heard along the lines of coach Pedro Roque from boxing-minded Cuba, which declined to send a team. Women, he said, “should be showing off their beautiful faces, not getting punched in the face.”

Wonder whose mugshot might be taped to the women’s punching bags?

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