Lower house rejects US Boxing Commission

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/B/Boxinggeneric.jpg' class='caption'> The lower house of the US Congress has voted against forming a US Boxing Commission to regulate the sport.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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The lower house of the US Congress has voted against forming a US Boxing Commission to regulate the sport. Critics rejected the measure as a misguided effort to expand the federal government to manage a part of the entertainment industry. The House of Representatives voted 233-190 against the bill, with most Republicans opposing the measure and most Democrats voting for it. Differing rules The vote came a day after a Major League Baseball and its players union agreed to new doping regulations, diffusing congressional efforts to impose government regulations. Boxing is regulated in the United States by different rules in all 50 states. Nevada and New Jersey, which have casinos in resort cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City, are two of the primary venues for major prizefights. "This is a big government bill. It creates a new federal agency that provides for more regulation and is not self-financing," said Republican James Sensenbrenner. Proposed commission Boxing has suffered from waning popularity in the United States in recent years, hurt in part by legal tussles between promoters, sanctioning bodies and the fighters themselves. The House bill from Republican Cliff Stearns would have created a three-person US Boxing Commission, appointed by the President to three-year terms. It would be funded by licensing fees imposed on those who make their living in the fight business. Proponents argued a US commission would solve a range of problems, including fighters risking their health to fight in states with weak regulations, a lack of financial support for run-down boxers, and unscrupulous managers. (AP)

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