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Equality in Women's Boxing: A Game-Changer or a Gamble?

Official Poster by Most Valuable Promotions

In the dimly lit arena at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida, anticipation will hang thick in the air. October 27th marks a historic day for women's boxing as Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano, the Ring bantamweight champion with an impressive record of 45-2-1, 30 KOs, steps into the ring to defend her title. Her opponent is Danila "A Guerreira" Ramos. The mandatory WBO featherweight challenger, enters with a determined spirit, holding a record of 12-2, 1 KO. As announced by Most Valuable Promotions (MVP), this will be the first-ever women's unified championship bout to adopt the same rules as a men's championship, featuring 12 grueling three-minute rounds instead of the traditional 10 rounds at 2 minutes each.

Photo Credit @daniboxe Some fans initially questioned the decision to change the rules. They believe the shorter and fewer rounds make for a more exciting affair. Others believe this fight is a testament to the incredible skills and determination of women in boxing, and it shatters stereotypes that women's cannot stand on equal footing as their male counterparts. When the dust settles in the Caribe Royale Resort, will it be evident that this landmark decision helps or hurts women's boxing? Outside of pay, one advantage that Women’s MMA has held over Boxing is that they have competed under the same rule set as men consistently since 2009. Stars like Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm have headlined pay-per views for over a decade. Can this change bring the same notoriety to their boxing counterparts? This should add to the legitimacy and credibility of the bouts. How will it impact the sport and how it’s viewed in the eyes of boxing fans, only time will tell.

Photo Credit @PFLMMA


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