The World Boxing Council is creating the WBC 2020 Safe Boxing Task Force.
At the WBC’s 57th annual Convention, Dr Paul Wallace who’s the Chairman of its Medical Advisory Board said it’s his hope that there can be a World Congress next year.
Some key topics include: Educational effort, prevention, detection and treatment, dehydration, performance enhancing drugs.
Dr Wallace and the Team have again been discussing the mouth guard. A fitted version is important, and if it has to be removed in the ring, this is no easy matter. But it does not bring a significant decrease in concussions.
Dr Wallace highlighted the risks of extreme rehydration pointing out that a middleweight bolstering/ballooning from 160 pounds to an extreme 186 pounds following the 24 hours before the fight was creating a fighting disparity. That has been resolved by a same day in the stadium, with no more than a ten percent weight gain allowed.
More detailed monitoring is going to be carried out. Post fight protocol, a quick urine test at the weigh in, definition of a rabbit punch…ie where does the line start? Glove certification, with close scrutiny of customized gloves.
A sparring registry, with special attention of how many a training glove has been used. More integrated data connection and cooperation to BoxRec, consideration of ten and eight rounds title fights. Pre bout promoter requirement check list, plus accident investigative work.
Famous and respected Trainer Abel Sanchez agrees that gyms must be accountable for what happens there, with the mandatory reporting of any accident that happens, especially how many rounds are sparred, with fines for non compliance. Abel also advised that Referees should not be frightened to stop fights.