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Bill Would Strenghten Boxing Regulations
Tue, 21 Feb 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill that would strengthen regulation of “combative sports” passed in a house committee Wednesday.

The bill, if passed, would give the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission regulatory authority over “combative sport” events, including bouts with boxers, kickboxers, mixed martial artists and wrestlers.

State Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, filed legislation after the death of former TU football player George Clinkscale III at a GUTS Church boxing event in September.

“As we have seen in the past year, lax regulation of amateur boxing events has led to tragic results,” Kirby said. “This legislation gives the state the ability to better stop these unsanctioned matches and penalize those who put fighters’ lives at risk.”

The bill defines promoters to include any person or entity that produces, stages, sponsors, organizes or otherwise holds a “combative sports” event.

The legislation would also increase the penalties for second-and-subsequent violations of the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission Act to include a fine of up to $5,000 and up to two years in prison.

“Giving the commission enforcement power will create a stronger deterrent for those who have been holding unsanctioned fights across Oklahoma,” Kirby said. “I hope this legislation will prevent any more deaths.”

The bill now goes to the house floor.

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