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Presidents Column  |  October 2010

Posted on October 6 2010                                               Bookmark and Share
By WBF President Howard Goldberg  



If one had asked me about womens boxing two decades ago, I would have shuddered and responded by saying that there was no place inside the ring for women. The fairer sex simply were not up to their male counterparts and that perhaps the alternative could be another sport such as athletics, netball or swimming.

Not for one moment at that time did I ever believe that any transition could occur and that women could ever occupy a position in boxing on a par with men. 

For this thinking I owe the women of the world, and particularly the women in boxing a massive and unreserved apology. Boxing has become a serious sport for our ladies, who address it with drive, dedication and huge commitment. They train as if their lives depended on it, they sweat on the road in the early hours of the day when running, and they too bleed when giving it all in the sport that they too love and cherish.

I apologize for being judgmental in my youth and and forcasting a male only pugilistic sport.  I apologize for denying women a right in the square ring and I apologize for making unfair assumptions about womenís abilities and capabilities.

I have now changed my mind and welcome the fairer sex as equals in the boxing world.

I look at our champions Natascha Ragosina, Noni Tenge, Myriam Lamare, Ramona Kuehne, Unathi Myekeni, Nadia Hokmi and Ju Hee Kim with great pride and admiration, and with delight and warmth as I acknowledge their true place in world boxing. To these women and world champions, and to all the women who are involved in boxing - we embrace you as equals, we congratulate your efforts and we wish you all the best for the future.

Until next time, keep boxing.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation


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