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PizDoff
8/03/2007 1:35pm,
CBF increasing efforts to stop illegal shows
By MURRAY GREIG -- Sun Media

The Canadian Boxing Federation is ramping up its efforts to put an end to illegal prizefights and mixed martial arts promotions.

"In the past, the CBF has taken a stance against illegal boxing and so-called 'tough man' events, specifically in Alberta, B.C., and Saskatchewan. These events occur almost without exception without the standardized rules and safety precautions that legitimate commissions in Canada demand," Ed Pearson, the CBF's Edmonton-based secretary-treasurer, said yesterday.

"We're talking about things like proper matchmaking, standardized medical testing to ensure participants are in proper condition, qualified physicians at ringside, ambulances at the event in case of major injuries and so on.

"These are issues that have been addressed by the CBF over the past several decades, and are standard in most countries of the world, yet we continue to have these unsanctioned events happen in our own backyard."

Member commissions attending last week's CBF annual meeting acknowledged that unsanctioned events continue to slip through the cracks, in violation of Section 83 of the Criminal Code.

That section specifically brands prizefighting as "an illegal event unless held with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board or commission or similar body established by or under the authority of the legislature of a province for the control of sport within the province."

In the case of mixed martial arts, promoters often try to circumvent the regulations by forming their own sanctioning organizations, but, as Pearson pointed out, "the reality is that only a commission, duly authorized under provincial legislation, has the authority and jurisdiction to supervise and regulate combative sports in Canada."

Outgoing CBF president Orest Zmyndak said that so-called mixed martial arts councils "are not by any stretch a recognized authority, much less a legitimate regulatory body, amateur or professional."

In an effort to reduce the number of illegal events, individual commissions will prohibit certified ring officials within their jurisdiction from working unsanctioned shows. In addition, the CBF membership approved a resolution to continue to alert municipal authorities and the police regarding violations of Section 83.

"There are very good and respected promoters across Canada, for both boxing and MMA, who respect the laws and pay the cost of legitimacy by following the rules and regulations," said Pearson.

"In terms of financial costs to these promoters, there's no doubt that having to pay to have an ambulance, physicians, properly trained ring officials and permit fees takes away from the bottom line.

"But it's not a right in Canada to stage the types of potentially dangerous sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts, it's a privilege. And with the privilege comes the professional responsibility of safety and the costs associated with regulation."

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Fighting/Boxing/2007/08/03/4390841-sun.html

So....like in other countries, the boxing commissions are trying to control the growth of MMA.

Goju - Joe
8/03/2007 1:58pm,
They have a valid point.

They're not trying to stop MMA as a whole just shows that don't adhere to the boxing comissions.

And if that's what they're doing I support them.

The last thing MMA in Canada needs is some BS show where someone gets hurt because the promoter is a cheap scum bag

meataxe
8/03/2007 2:13pm,
I don't like the idea of the BOXING commission having jurisdiction over all combat sports. Granted they were there first, but they may be using that fact to control the agenda.

There should be some governing body to ensure fights are safe and well-run. Maybe there is room for combat sport commission that covers MMA.

Roidie McDouchebag
8/03/2007 4:04pm,
**** boxing commisions. Thankfully, these guys are absolutely full of ****. I have read the pertinent legistlation and it falls under provincial, NOT federal jurisdiction. These guys are simply LYING. In BC, the province leaves it up to the municipalities which ARE the oversight. If the municipality says no, then it is in violation of the law. If the municipality says yes, then no laws apply.

Furthermore, even if this total faggotry did become law, thank GOD for Native Reservations. If I ever put on a show, I would absolutely refuse to submit to the authority of any fucking boxing commision. I'd like to go find this Ed Pearson ****** and GnP'im.

andrewa
8/03/2007 8:38pm,
I seriously doubt the boxing commission gives a rat's ass about the safety of MMA fighters. What they do care about is trying to protect the safety of their bank accounts by eliminating any competition. If anyone thinks this is farfetched we should remember kickboxing was banned in Ontario in the early 80's for three years due to so-called "safety concerns".

OZZ
8/03/2007 8:54pm,
The Chippewa of The Thames just outside London put on a cagefight just last year. One of my friends actually helped organize it...I hope more Native reserves do this in the future as long as it remains safe for the fighters.
This Boxing Commission stuff is a fucking joke. They can't even get decent fights up here due to all the BS they put people through with all the red tape. No wonder we can't get MMA off the ground.

OZZ
8/03/2007 8:55pm,
I seriously doubt the boxing commission gives a rat's ass about the safety of MMA fighters. What they do care about is trying to protect the safety of their bank accounts by eliminating any competition. If anyone thinks this is farfetched we should remember kickboxing was banned in Ontario in the early 80's for three years due to so-called "safety concerns".
Yes, because it was getting popular - that was the real reason. Then that fighter was killed so they had an excuse.

Roidie McDouchebag
8/03/2007 9:02pm,
In Ontario, Native Reserves are definitely the way to go. In BC, we can do it anywhere there's a friendly city councillor in charge of athletics (which is almost anywhere, fights=money from outside of town).

Eldarbong
8/03/2007 10:49pm,
We should have a UFC at the new indian casino here in Saskatchewan. I would go.

Roidie McDouchebag
8/04/2007 3:07am,
*Slaps forehead*

elipson
8/04/2007 1:03pm,
In Ontario, Native Reserves are definitely the way to go. In BC, we can do it anywhere there's a friendly city councillor in charge of athletics (which is almost anywhere, fights=money from outside of town).

Man you're such an idiot.

Vancouver and Vernon both have provincially authorized MMA commissions that sanction the events. They USED to allow anyone to throw these fights, but that has changed over the past years. Several events were shut down because there was no athletic commission. Now there is. That's the only reason so many fights happen in Vernon; not cause its a great city, but becasue they have an actual commission.

elipson
8/04/2007 1:05pm,
And the article brings up a valid point. These things need to be sanctioned so that ppl don't get hurt. We certainly don't need to boxing commissions running anything though, MMA commissions do just fine with the proper support.

Roidie McDouchebag
8/04/2007 7:58pm,
LOL, you're a fool. The municipality's permission is ALL that is needed. If they decide they want an MMA commision, that's fine, but it isn't a province-wide requirement. There are plenty of events that happen with no commision.

elipson
8/04/2007 8:59pm,
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/showdoc/cs/C-46//20070804/en?command=search&caller=SI&fragment=athletic%20commission&search_type=all&day=4&month=8&year=2007&search_domain=cs&showall=A&statuteyear=all&lengthannual=50&length=50


Prize Fights
Engaging in prize fight

83. (1) Every one who

(a) engages as a principal in a prize fight,

(b) advises, encourages or promotes a prize fight, or

(c) is present at a prize fight as an aid, second, surgeon, umpire, backer or reporter,

is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.

Definition of “prize fight”

(2) In this section, "prize fight" means an encounter or fight with fists or hands between two persons who have met for that purpose by previous arrangement made by or for them, but a boxing contest between amateur sportsmen, where the contestants wear boxing gloves of not less than one hundred and forty grams each in mass, or any boxing contest held with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board or commission or similar body established by or under the authority of the legislature of a province for the control of sport within the province, shall be deemed not to be a prize fight.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 83; R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), s. 186.

Dude, when are you gonna learn to STFU about legal matters? You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. As you can see here, this matter is under provincial jurisdiction, and requires an athletic board or commission. Non-sanctioned events do happen, but they are technically illegal and can be shut down by the RCMP, if the event is brought to their attention. I know because this happened in Vernon before the commission was established.

Kthxbye.

Roidie McDouchebag
8/05/2007 1:04am,
Did you miss the part where I said YOU NEED THE LOCAL CITY COUNCILLOR IN CHARGE OF ATHLETICS' PERMISSION YOU FUCKING GOOF!?

I said that. Then I said it again. Then you came and trolled. Where do you live, again?

elipson
8/05/2007 1:20pm,
The municipality's permission is ALL that is needed. If they decide they want an MMA commision, that's fine, but it isn't a province-wide requirement. There are plenty of events that happen with no commision.

Do you even know how to read? Did you even read the section I Just posted from the cirminal code of Canada??? A commission is required fucker!!!!


contest held with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board or commission or similar body established by or under the authority of the legislature of a province for the control of sport within the province shall be deemed not to be a prize fight.

Any fight lacking one of these sanctioning bodies will be deemed a prize fight and will therfore be illegal.

You say a commission isn't required, the fucking criminal code says it IS! Who do you think is right?