Let’s talk about Florida and boxing. With its diverse population and destination cities, Florida is a great place for the boxing industry to do business. Since the days of Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali, Florida has often been the stage for many of boxing’s biggest bouts.
DBPR is responsible for licensing and regulating not only professional boxing but also kickboxing and the growing sport of mixed martial arts. Through its high standards, the Commission preserves the integrity of the sport, while ensuring the safety of all participants. For example, each participant’s fight records are examined prior to the event to ensure a fair matchup between the two competitors. Participants are also required to complete a physical examination at the weigh-in before each fight. The Commission works very closely with promoters and matchmakers throughout the entire process to ensure safety and uphold the sport’s integrity. I am proud to say that the Commission is also working hard to promote better ways of doing business for combat sports in Florida. Our application process will soon be available online which will not only make for a smoother weigh-in, but facilitate a more efficient business process overall.
The Commission’s hard work means that Florida remains a great place for attracting world-class events. Just this week Commission Executive Director Cynthia Hefren joined Top Rank Promotions to participate in the announcement of the upcoming super welterweight fight featuring Miguel Cotto and Delvin Rodriquez in Orlando on October 5, 2013. Boxing is a multi-million dollar industry, and I believe that by improving and streamlining processes for boxing, as well as kickboxing and MMA to do business here, the Commission will positively impact the state’s economy.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Commission and upcoming matches near you, I encourage you to visit the Commission’s web page on MyFloridaLicense.com.
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