The World Boxing Council (WBC), which is one of the four major organizations that sanction world titles in boxing, is considering the creation of a new category for transgender boxers. The WBC's primary goal is to allow transgender fighters to participate in the sport, although they do not necessarily plan to introduce a new championship or title belt.
"We don't know [when a bout could be sanctioned]. Our interest right now is the sport. At first safety of course for all athletes. If there is a common group of [trans] athletes and it leads to having more people reach out and register, we don't know where this could finish," WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Sky Sports.
"But what we want to do is create a transgender boxing program. Not necessarily a belt, or a championship. Simply a competition, so they can be included in boxing and not excluded." Mauricio Sulaiman to Sky Sports. "We put this together, we're going to be working.
We're trying to find how many potential athletes there are out there, so we can help them and establish a boxing program," Sulaiman said. "The WBC medical committee and the technical committee met during the [WBC] convention.
It was decided that the WBC absolutely rejects and opposes to any born man to fight against a born woman," Sulaiman said.
The Importance of Fairness in Sports
Natasha Jonas, who is the unified WBC, WBO, and IBF super-welterweight champion and a Sky Sports pundit, thinks that the WBC's proposal for a transgender category in boxing could be a model for other sports to follow.
"There shouldn't be any barriers to sport, to being included and being able to participate in a sport that you love and you want to do. Saying that it also needs to be fair," Jonas told Sky Sports. "The world moves and sport moves and it doesn't stop for anybody and this is the way the world is.
There shouldn't be barriers to anyone competing but we have to keep it fair. We're a combat sport and there are physiological differences." told Jonas to Sky Sports.