According to AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu:
“I have heard many times, people say, ‘We can’t tell the difference between the men and the women,’ especially on TV, since they’re in the same uniforms and are wearing headgear,” he told the Times Union.
Are viewers of boxing really that blind and, there’s no polite way to say this, dumb? Probably. Anyone whose idea of a good night out/in is watching grown adults batter the shit out of each other in the faint hope of winning a golden jackpot before permanent neurological damage sets in is clearly not the sharpest tool in the box; though quite possibly a tool.
Boxing is the last vestige of the ‘lions and Christians’ model of entertainment when a jaunt down to the colliseum to see prisoners run down by chariots, savaged by wild beasts and gang-raped was de rigeur family viewing. It’d be nice to think we’d moved on a bit, wouldn’t it? That said, and accepting that boxing remains a popular ‘sport’, one must respect the right of women to participate on equal terms to their male counterparts.
Roman centurions went to battle in skirts, not shorts. In the interests of eliminating at least sartorial sexism in twenty-first century sport, AIBA’s male members might be required to enter the ring similarly-attired?