Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham Mitra has revealed his plans of reviving the play-for-pay boxing industry in the country by loosening some of its stringent regulations for professional boxers and promoters.
Mitra, a former Palawan governor, said he would review the regulation of the commission with the aim of helping athletes increase their earnings without risking their health.
“We are working on these rules to give them more opportunities to improve their performance as a professional athlete. Also, by revisiting these rules, we may allow them to fight as soon as possible to give the boxers and their promoters more earnings,” said Mitra in an interview with The Manila Times on Tuesday.
According Mitra, some of the promoters’ want to cut down the 45-day rest period to just 30 days on a case-to-case basis.
If approved, GAB will allow licensed boxers to fight again 30 days after their previous match depending on the result.
If the boxer suffered a knockout loss, he should comply with the mandatory 90-day rest to fully recover from his injuries.
He added that he has been in contact with boxing consultants and promoters to make these new rules beneficial to all concern.
“We heard their voices regarding these issues. We want to achieve greater heights and bring back the joy for the boxers and the fans,” Mitra said.
Mitra also added that they would change the renewal schedule of license for boxers, referees, promoters and judges from annually to every three years.
“We are hoping that these changes will help the industry a lot,” Mitra concluded.