There are plenty of good reasons for a boxer to be banned from the ring. Maybe you have AIDS like Tommy Morrison, and you are therefore a risk of infecting other boxers. Maybe you’re Mike Tyson and since you’ve already tried to bite somebody’s ear off, have that whole rape conviction, and are generally starting to suck anyway, various boxing federations just don’t want you. One reason you should never be barred from boxing, though, is because you have breast implants.
That’s exactly what’s happening to Sarah Blewden, who has been told by the Amateur Boxing Association of England that she will not be allowed to compete for the country’s 2016 Olympic team because of her fake breasts. Not because they put other boxers at risk, but because international rules bar anyone with them from competing because repeated punches to the body could deform the implants and breast tissue surrounding them. All of which Blewden thinks is bollocks.
From the TELEGRAPH:
Miss Blewden from Poole, Dorset, who runs a hair salon, said that the decision was “ridiculous” and said she would be happy to pay for corrective surgery to repair any damage to her 32C breasts.
“My surgeon said they make me no more vulnerable than any other woman. They are not enormous ones - they are in proportion. They are gel implants and not liquid so they won’t burst.”
She added: “Women haven’t been allowed to box for that long and this is an obstacle I want to get over so other women like me won’t have the same problem.”
Blewden only began boxing two years ago as a method to stay in shape but quickly found out she had some talent, and was hoping to turn it into an Olympic appearance. Of course, Sarah does have one more obstacle in her way than the two on her chest.
At the moment there is no Women’s Boxing in the Olympics. But there is Foxy Boxing at bars all over the United States, so if the Olympics don’t want to allow her or her fake breasts from achieving their dreams, she could always move here and make a nice living.