Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM ET/PT
Terence Crawford vs. Hank Lundy
Felix Verdejo vs. William Silva
The Hamilton fighter won Scottish, British, European and Empire titles before defeating Italy’s Salvatore Burruni at Wembley over 15 rounds to land the world flyweight title in 1966.
In McGowan’s next fight, he won the British and Empire title at bantamweight when he defeated Alan Rudkin, again at Wembley.
He won 32 of his 40 professional fights before retiring in 1969.
McGowan had been in poor health in recent years and was living in a nursing home in Bellshill.
He died peacefully at Monklands Hospital on Monday night.
Former British and Commonwealth super-featherweight champion Kevin Mitchell has retired.
The 31-year-old Englishman won 39 of his 43 fights and was due to face Finland’s Edis Tatli on 18 March.
After moving up to lightweight, the Dagenham boxer fought twice for a world title, but lost each time.
Gender discrimination is alive and well in the sport of amateur boxing. The following is a fascinating bit of information about the law and my current battle with the Golden Gloves.
What are the USOC, USA Boxing, and the National Golden Gloves, and What are Their Duties?
Federal legislation called the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act (36 USC section 220501), recognizes the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), a federally chartered organization, to oversee amateur athletics in America. Under section 220503, amongst the purposes of the USOC are (12) to encourage and provide assistance to amateur athletic activities for women.
USA Boxing is recognized by the USOC as the national governing body for amateur boxing. Under section 220522, USA Boxing may continue to be recognized as a national governing body only if it (8) provides an equal opportunity to amateur athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials to participate in amateur athletic competition, without discrimination on the basis of.sex.” and (15) demonstrates that it is prepared to meet the obligations imposed on a national governing body under section 220524. Under section 220524, for the sport that it governs, a national governing body shall (1) develop interest and participation throughout the United States and (6) provide equitable support and encouragement for participation by women where separate programs for male and female athletes are conducted on a national basis.
USA Boxing is currently on probation for a variety of reasons (although I am not sure if it is related to gender discrimination). Historically, women were not even allowed to box by USA Boxing until it was forced to allow their participation by a court injunction in 1993. The first U.S. Women’s Nationals tournament under USA Boxing was not held until 1997. The first Women’s World Championships were held in 2001.
USA Boxing’s Constitution and By-Laws, Article III, 203.1 states that its purposes shall be consistent with those of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. Amongst those enumerated purposes are “To coordinate those programs and activities which contribute to the development of individual skills during local, regional, national and international programs and activities, regardless of….gender…”, to “provide an equal opportunity to amateur athletes, coaches…to participate in amateur athletic competition, without discrimination on the basis of…gender….” and under Article IV, 204.2, to “Provide equitable support and encouragement for participation by women.”
Amongst its membership, USA Boxing chooses to recognize group members such as the National Golden Gloves. Group members must abide by the Group Membership Agreement and abide by all USA Boxing sport rules, regulations and policies. Article VI, 206.1.
The Group Membership Agreement states that the objectives and purposes of the group member must coincide with those of USA Boxing, that the group member agrees to adhere to and comply with all the official rules, regulations and policies of USA Boxing, and that it will hold national championship tournaments in which progressive elimination begins at the local level. Given the above-referenced sections of the USA Boxing Constitution, it is not and cannot be the policy of USA Boxing and therefore the Golden Gloves to discriminate against women.
Boxing was originally nothing more than bare fist fighting between two willing and sometimes unwilling competitors. As a sport, fighting has been around for thousands of years where it first arose in parts of Africa and Egypt before spreading to parts of Southern Europe. The Ancient Greeks, who held the belief that fighting was a game played by the Gods on Olympus, made fighting a part of the Olympic Games in 688BC.
World Achievement Award – Michael Conlan (Clonard BC)
International Achievement Award 2015 – Katie Taylor (Bray BC)
International Achievement Award 2015 – Michael O’Reilly (Portlaoise BC)
International Achievement Award 2015 – Joe Ward (APB)
Best Elite Award (Female) 2015 – Michaela Walsh (Holy Family)
Best Elite Award (Male) 2015 – Dean Walsh (St Josephs/St Ibars)
Best Intermediate Award (Female) 2015 – Shauna O’Keeffe (Clonmel)
Best Intermediate Award (Male) 2015 – Martin Stokes (Holy Family, Drogheda)
Best Youth Award (Female) – Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan)
Best Youth Award (Male) – Michael Nevin (Portlaoise)
Best Junior Award (Female) 2015 – Niamh Earley (Ryston)
Best Junior Award (Male) 2015 – Jason Harty (Rathkeale)
Best Schoolgirl 2015 – Sarah Edge (St. Brigid’s Edenderry)
Best Schoolboy 2015 – Brandon McCarthy (St Michael’s Athy)
Best Club Award 2015 (Crumlin BC)
Best Coaching Award 2015 (Crumlin BC)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Tommy Murphy
Lifetime Achievement Award – Sean Canavan
Best High Performance Club (Portlaoise BC)
Services to Boxing Award 2015 – Gerry O’Mahony (Dungarvan BC)
Services to Boxing Award 2015 – Gay Farrell (Galway)
Services to Boxing Award 2015 – Simon Walsh (Tullamore)
Services to Boxing Award 2015 – Dan Cowman (Waterford)
Services to Boxing Award 2015 – Harry Robinson (Albert Foundry)
Services to Coaching Award 2015 – Christy McKenna Holy Family, Drogheda)
Commitment to Boxing Award – Fergal Redmond (Arklow)
Hall of Fame (Boxer) – Peter Mullen (St Anne’s)
Hall of Fame (Administrator) Art O’Brien (Dublin County Board)
Hall of Fame (Coaching) Jimmy Walsh (Callan)
Best Referee 2015 – John Mongan (Olympic)
Best Judge 2015 – Billy O’Connor (St Michael’s New Ross)
Ten months ago, Sergey Kovalev stopped Jean Pascal in the eighth round of a bout that, while concussive in its conclusion, was frequently entertaining as Pascal scored more than his share of telling blows. The record will show that their rematch, in the same Bell Centre arena in downtown Montreal, ended just one round sooner; but the contrast between the two contests was stark and ultimately uncomfortable. It wasn’t easy, but WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) defeated Jean Pascal (29-3-1) via eighth-round TKO in a very good fight. Pascal fought well from rounds four through six in his adopted home of Montreal, Quebec, but he simply couldn’t withstand the powerful Russian champion’s assault.