ALABAMA LEGISLATURES PASS BILL TO SANCTION BARE-KNUCKLE BOXING
A new piece of legislation will make bare-knuckle boxing a sanctioned sport in Alabama, pending Gov. Kay Ivey’s signature.
Like boxing, bare-knuckle fighting will be regulated by the Alabama Athletic Commission. The Commission’s Chairman Casey Sears says that while bare-knuckle boxing is violent, the sport carries no more risk of injury than rugby or even high school cheerleading. The style of fighting will be regulated in order to bring in revenue, which is a tactic other state are also trying.
“They are wildly popular in other states, the two that come to mind are Wyoming and Mississippi, Mississippi have done several, we’ve attended some of those events and people stay until the last punch is thrown,” Sears said.
Sears asserts that regulation is key, not only for profit but also to keep fighters safe. They will have medical personnel, cut men and professional judges at every fight.