Boxing | Senators John McCain and Harry Reid Propose Legislation to Improve the SportWritten by Sam Gregory
On Monday June 11, U.S. Senator John McCain (R) of Arizona and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada introduced legislation that would create a U.S. Boxing Commission.
The senators are proposing this legislation after the highly controversial split decision awarded to Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The two high-profile senators, both hardcore boxing fans, intend to bring 'integrity' to the sport with a boxing commission.
Under the legislation, all referees and judges involved participating in a professional bout scheduled for ten rounds or more would have to be fully licensed and registered by the commission.
A sanctioning organization would provide the names of judges and referees it considers qualified for a particular bout, but only the commission could appoint referees and judges to participate in the match.
Speaking on the Senate floor earlier this week, Senator John McCain quoted the immortal boxing/sports writer Jimmy Cannon when he referred to boxing as "The red light district of sports."
McCain also said the recent dispute over the scoring of the Bradley-Pacquiao fight "Is the latest example of the legitimate distrust boxing fans have for the integrity of the sport."
After the bout, promoter Bob Arum, who represents Manny Pacquiao and newly-crowned WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley, expressed his anger demanding there be a "full investigation" by Nevada officials. Arum added, "I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight."
Fight judges Duane Ford and CJ Ross scored the fight 115-113 for Bradley, while Jerry Roth scored it by the same margin for Pacquiao. Also, Bradley won a seemingly incomprehensible five of the last six rounds on two scorecards.
Is this legislation a good idea?
Some would argue the government needs anti-corruption legislation for itself more than boxing.
Sam Gregory has been a professional boxing writer since 2002 for publications such as BoxingTalk.com, Boxing Digest, EastsideBoxing.com The Cyberboxing Zone, StraightJab.com, boxingnews24.com and TheSweetScience.com. He has covered numerous fights and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the sport.
As a member of the International Boxing Research Organization, Gregory specializes in boxing history, and contributes regularly to that organization's quarterly publication. He is the author of numerous biographical articles about legendary fighters, classic match-ups, memorable boxing trilogies and other subjects.
He started covering live boxing matches for the website, "Boxingtalk" in February of 2002. The first live event he covered was the Bernard Hopkins-Carl Daniels fight on February 2nd, 2002 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also wrote several boxing related articles, interviews with boxers and trainers for Boxingtalk.
Among some of the interviews he's done was an interview with Kermit Cintron when he trained at Kings Gym in Reading. He interviewed and wrote an article about the trainers of Wrecking Crew Boxing, Norm Bagi and Lenny De Jesus in New York City. Sam visited Norm and Lenny when they were working out of a gym in the Bronx to photograph them and some of the fighters they were training. 2 or 3 separate articles came out of that one visit, including interviews with and about foreign boxers coming to the U.S. He also wrote a profile for one of their female boxers from the U.K. in order to help obtain an athletes visa for her.
All together he covered about a dozen live events as a correspondent from February of 02' thru the following year, 03'.
The first article he published in Boxing Digest was in the October 02' issue. The article was with Bernard Hopkins at ringside and the questions Sam asked him about up-coming fights, his career, etc...
Sam had about seven more articles published in Boxing Digest until they folded in 2010. The other articles were interviews with fighters, match-ups for up-coming fights and an article about Lennox Lewis at the time of his retirement. The last article he wrote for Boxing Digest was a profile of Jose' Torres when he passed away in 2009.
Sam is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization and has written several articles for their quarterly publication along with participating in the pound for pound weight class ratings for their website. IBRO also held their own Hall-of-Fame voting this year which he also participated in.
He wrote articles and stories for The Sweet Science website from early 04' until the spring of 05'. He was paid in advance by TSS to write 20 articles of my choice about anything regarding boxing from a historical point of view. He wrote biographies, stories about great fight trilogies, match-ups, etc... The Sweet Science had him do an interview with Sharmba Mitchell in 2004 before his second fight with Kostya Tszyu. That interview was also posted on Showtime's website.
Since he wrote his first article for Boxingtalk in February 02', he had articles about upcoming fights, interviews with boxers, trainers and promoters, along with covering boxing matches on TV and live events. published on several boxing websites including, Eastsideboxing, StraightJab.com, BoxingInsider.com, The Cyberboxingzone, aneutralcorner.com and boxingnews24.com. He also had articles and letters published in Boxing Digest and KO magazines.