Pushing for Three-Minute Rounds in Women's Boxing

Pushing for Three-Minute Rounds in Women's Boxing
Jordan Klein
Jordan Klein

Amanda Serrano and Danila Ramos recently made headlines by announcing a historic match set to revolutionize women's boxing. Scheduled for October 27th, this bout will see the two fighters square off in the featherweight division for a whopping twelve rounds, each lasting three minutes. This groundbreaking format marks a significant departure from the traditional ten rounds of two minutes each seen in women's championship bouts, and opens up a world of possibilities for fighters. With an extra 60 seconds to strategize and execute their game plans, knockouts become more attainable. It's a shift that has garnered enthusiasm from many in the boxing community, including undisputed welterweight champion Chantelle Cameron.

Cameron, fresh off her win over the undefeated lightweight champion Katie Taylor, is gearing up for a highly anticipated rematch. She's not only excited about the prospect of facing Taylor again but also about adopting the three-minute round format. "I say me [versus Katie Taylor] should follow that and fight 3-minute rounds for the rematch. Spice it up a little," Cameron remarked. The inspiration behind this transformation was not lost on Cameron, the fully unified junior welterweight champion. She was quick to commend the historic showdown between Serrano and Ramos and saw it as a catalyst for change. She called for her upcoming rematch with Taylor, set for November 25th at the 3Arena in Dublin, to follow suit and embrace the extended rounds.

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Amanda Serrano, who had previously challenged Taylor to a 12-round fight with three-minute rounds, revealed that Taylor had declined the proposal. Serrano emphasized that not all fighters are cut out for the challenges of extended rounds, even as she herself eagerly prepares for her showdown with Ramos.

As the countdown to the groundbreaking October fight continues, the format remains a topic of contention. While Serrano has advocated for longer rounds, the WBC (World Boxing Council) seems hesitant to embrace the change. Mauricio Sulaiman, the President of the WBC, stands by the organization's rule of ten two-minute rounds for female boxers, citing the need to "protect the boxers from themselves" based on medical research.

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While the debate continues, one thing is certain: Amanda Serrano and Danila Ramos are poised to make history with their upcoming fight, challenging conventions and inspiring fighters like Chantelle Cameron to push for change in women's boxing.

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