TKO for Boxing in Sweden?
Sweden looks set to keep its decades-old ban on professional boxing.
A new law proposed by the Justice Ministry this week, introduces a system of permits for sports which involve hitting someone’s head.
Sports Minister Bosse Ringholm said it’s a question of an expanded ban which will include other contact sports where the participant risks his health. He said, ”We have had a ban on professional boxing for 30 years and we will retain it.”
According to the draft law, anyone found arranging a fight without permission could get six months in prison, with fines for participants.
Previously, Sweden’s anti-boxing law did not stop other events such as K1 fighting galas, where kung-fu masters fight sumo wrestlers. News agency TT quotes Ringhom as saying that the new law would, in practice, stop K1 events as well as keeping the professional boxing ban in place.
But the head of the Swedish Boxing Federation is hopeful that pro-boxing fights could be arranged. Bettan Andersson told TT that, ”Before, it was completely excluded, but now it is a question of applying the law and of how the sport can adapt itself.”