Volume 93, Issue 25

Thursday, October 14, 1999


A Vigar-ous conversation

No horses in this polo

Barrier breaker or boxing match?

A trying first half of the season

Barrier breaker or boxing match?

The most recent battle of the sexes only proved how senseless the sport of boxing has become and how shameless sexuality can be manipulated to entice the controversy hungry public.

Last Saturday was supposed to feature a barrier breaking boxing match, pitting a man, Loi Chow, against a woman, Margaret McGregor. In reality, it was a cheap way of attracting a lot of attention to two completely lacklustre fighters and sell tickets to naive fans.

The mere basis of the fight was completely suspect. The billing of this match as a "battle of the sexes" plays on the social issues that constantly generate debate between the two sexes.

But this was not a battle between the sexes which would eventually prove some new universal truth. This was a boxing match, nothing more.

Even on that level, the match holds little to no merit. Chow had a career record of 0-2 (against men) and had been out of boxing for quite sometime, working as a jockey.

Margaret McGregor had a career record of 3-0 (against women) but was far from a premiere female boxer.

Chow's complete lack of boxing ability makes any notion this fight would show women and men could compete unjustified.

Of course, this makes the result of the match almost irrelevant. In any case, McGregor won in a unanimous decision, winning all four rounds in the fight. Once and for all it had been proven that a woman with above average strength could beat an untalented, inferior man.

Wow, what an accomplishment for womanhood.

This spectacle achieved absolutely no sense of equality or greater truth. For that to have been done, a woman and man of equal ability should have been matched against each other.

Of course, this would never be done because the results are easy to predict. Matching Lennox Lewis, arguably the top men's boxer and Christy Martin, arguably the top female boxer, would most likely result in a one punch KO for Lewis. Simply put, Lewis and male boxers in general, are bigger and stronger than their female counterparts.

In a sport based on such qualities, absolute equality is impossible to achieve.

On a wider level, it must be accepted that men and women, in general, will never be completely equal in some areas. In the domain of sports, most athletic events favour one sex over the other and although there are exceptions, one sex will almost always dominate.

Boxing is one of these sports. It was designed for men. It has been practiced, almost entirely, by men. And for now as well as the foreseeable future, it will be dominated by men.

Until such a time arrives that the same number of women as men are able to achieve the same levels of strength and power required in boxing, the sport will be dominated by males. This has very little to do with women or men being superior as a sex and more to do with the individual sport and the qualities it requires.

Because of the way the world has worked for thousands and thousands of years, certain areas of life have historically been dominated by men or women. This segregation may not be completely right or morally just, but these barriers cannot be broken down by a single fight or event.

If they could be broken down, it would take just as long to reverse them as it did to create them. And misguided, empty attempts like this latest battle of the sexes, will do very little to help the cause.

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