British Court Rules Against Women Boxer Ban

A British industrial tribunal ruled against the British Boxing after it refused to issue a boxer’s license to Women’s World Welterweight Champion Jane Couch, claiming that pre-menstrual tension would make her unstable. Couch accused the board of sex discrimination, and may sue for having missed a 163,000 pound ($273,000) fight last year.

Although women’s boxing is legal in Britain, authorities have refused to recognize it as an official sport because they say it is unsafe. The United States and several European countries have professional women’s boxing leagues.


Reuters - March 30, 1998

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