Women boxers had better hang onto their mouth guards. Starting Monday USA Boxing will allow biological men who have completed castration and chemical enhancements to look like women to get into the ring and compete in the women’s amateur division.
The new rule applies to those transgenders over the age of 18, according to the policy.
Women’s athletics champion Riley Gaines said grave harm to women may be the result. Gaines became a vocal advocate for women after losing a medal to trans swimmer Lia Thomas while competing in college.
“USA boxing @USABoxing to allow men who merely say they are women to fight against women. Mark my words, it will take a woman getting killed before these misogynistic fools wake up,” she wrote.
Former world champion Ebanie Bridges is unequivocally opposed to the decision:
“This is wrong on so many levels. I will never agree to this… it’s bad enough having trans women breaking records in other sports like track and field, swimming and power lifting but it’s a bit different to them breaking our skulls in combat sports where the aim is to HURT YOU not just break a record…however I think it’s wrong in ALL SPORT… I have nothing against trans but can’t be skewing the line in sport…. You don’t see reference or debates for transmen in sport… cos it’s not a threat,” Bridges wrote on social media in response to USA Boxing’s new rule.
Former super middleweight champion Carl Frochtold the New York Post, “It should never happen on anybody’s watch. It’s a man, basically, beating up a woman. Don’t care if they’ve transgendered into a woman, and they now think they’re a woman, and they’re taking drugs to lower their testosterone intake. They’re stronger, they’re more powerful. Not all of them, you get some masculine women, that’s fine. If you get some feminine men, that’s fine.”