Women have same demands and risks as men in boxing – time for round equality – Barry McGuigan

Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor will headline a card at Madison Square Gardens next month, but will only box for two minutes – while the men’s fights have three minutes

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Amanda Serrano wants to prove she’s the best in the Katie Taylor fight

Amanda Serrano, who headlines Madison Square Garden against Katie Taylor next month, is the latest to call women to box three-minute rounds.

That a title fight between two women is headlining the former boxing mecca is a sign of how far the sport has come.

But if we’re going to talk about equality, it’s an insult to women to limit fights to ten rounds of two minutes. The inference is that women are not physically able to do three. I am sorry. It is simply wrong.

The demand and the risk are the same for both sexes. And the reality is that women want three-minute rounds, as they do at the Olympics and amateur world championships.

Katie Taylor (l) and Amanda Serrano will headline but only fight for two minutes


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Not only are they physically capable, but it would make for better fights. Two-minute rounds change the nature and structure of fights. It is difficult to plan or strategize. Restricted rounds have a totally different rhythm.

Women fight for space in this sport. Equality is at the heart of it. As things stand, the rules send the wrong message. Women are either boxers or they are not. If they are, they must box by the same rules.

The alternative is to say they’re not up to the task, which goes against my experience.

Ellie Scotney has had three fights so far. She turned around at the start of Covid so things stalled, but she looks sensational in the gym.

Technically, it is exceptional. She has great balance, puts her shots together well, shoots good combinations and likes to be aggressive, going to the body.

She will face Argentina’s Jorgelina Guanini at Alexandra Palace this weekend. Guanini held a world title at super flyweight.

This match is at super bantamweight and the contest provides a solid test for a rushed 23-year-old.

Ellie Scotney in action against Eva Cantos last year


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If she wins convincingly, she can expect to challenge for a world title later this year. Scotney trains a lot with Caroline Dubois as well as with the boys in the gymnasium.

She is tough, strong and works just as hard as the boys. She has a great personality with a sharp sense of humor.

And she would prefer to fight three-minute rounds. Governing bodies must listen to women. The fights would improve and the sport accordingly.

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People are going to see a lot of this girl over the next two years, and a lot more of women’s boxing.

It’s time to set them free, to give them the respect and equality they deserve.

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