World Boxing Council Creates Transgender Category For The ‘Safety’ Of Fighters

The World Boxing Council (WBC) has announced the creation of a new category in boxing specifically for so-called “transgender” boxers in an effort to ensure the “safety” of fighters.

Speaking with The Telegraph on Thursday, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated that the new rules will go into effect in 2023 — noting that they are designed to ensure the safety of female boxers.

Sulaiman stated that WBC intended to make sure that “the dangers of a man fighting a woman will never happen.”

“We will not allow — ever — a transgender born a man to fight a woman, who was born a woman,” he added.

The WBC’s new rules include a birth gender rule — which states that males can only fight other males, while men who claim to be “transgender” can only fight other so-called transgender women. The same rules apply to boxers who are born female and claim to be transgender men.

“It is the time to do this, and we are doing this because of safety and inclusion,” Sulaiman insisted.

“There should be no grey area around this, and we want to go into it with transparency and the correct decisions,” he added, noting that he opposes the idea that transgender women should be allowed to fight actual women.

“Woman to man or man to woman transgender change will never be allowed to fight a different gender by birth,” he continued.

Sulaiman made sure to note that he thinks that transgender people “fully deserve” to become boxers if they wish to do so.

The issue of men fighting women in the boxing ring became a hot-button topic after MMA fighter Fallon Fox — who was born a man but claims to be a transgender woman — fought female boxer Tamikka Brents, giving her a concussion and breaking 7 orbital bones.

“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night,” Brents said, recounting her experience fighting Fox. “I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right… I still disagree with Fox fighting. Any other job or career I say have a go at it, but when it comes to a combat sport I think it just isn’t fair.”

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