USA Boxing’s new transgender policy allows biological men to compete against women in amateur boxing events.
This Gateway Pundit reporter and former USA Boxing Champion appeared on Newsmax and slammed the new policy.
See video here:
“This could be life or death…it’s very scary for me as somebody who is a former boxer.”
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) January 4, 2024
As a former athlete ranked nationally by USA Boxing, it is in the opinion of this reporter that this policy is a dangerous one that can lead to disability or death for biological female athletes. The sport is already dangerous as it is. Amateur boxers have died in the ring competing against members of the same sex. This takes the sport to a whole other level of danger that is reckless.
Besides gender reassignment surgery, the new policy only uses testosterone levels as a biological marker for what constitutes a male or female in the sport. If a biological male takes estrogen and is able to get down to a testosterone level under 5 mol/L, then that person will be eligible to box a biological female.
TAKING ESTROGEN TO LOWER A BIOLOGICAL MALE’S TESTOSTERONE LEVEL OR REMOVING MALE SEX ORGANS DO NOT SHRINK THE SIZE OF A BIOLOGICAL MAN’S FIST!
Furthermore, lowering testosterone and removing sex organs will not reduce a biological male’s superior athletic bone density/structure, joints, reaction time, or brain wiring that gives them a tremendous advantage over natural-born female fighters. It will not take away advantages that the testosterone biological males were born with gave them in developing muscle strength. It does not reduce the size of their larger hearts and lungs that give them greater endurance capacity. PERIOD. END OF STORY.
According to a must read study by the National Library of Medicine:
“Testosterone drives much of the enhanced athletic performance of males through in utero, early life, and adult exposure. Many anatomical sex differences driven by testosterone are not reversible. Hemoglobin levels and muscle mass are sensitive to adult life testosterone levels, with hemoglobin being the most responsive. Studies in transgender women, and androgen-deprivation treated cancer patients, show muscle mass is retained for many months, even years, and that co-comittant exercise mitigates muscle loss. Given that sports are currently segregated into male and female divisions because of superior male athletic performance, and that estrogen therapy will not reverse most athletic performance parameters, it follows that transgender women will enter the female division with an inherent advantage because of their prior male physiology.
The current IOC regulations allow transwomen athletes to compete if testosterone levels have been lowered to <10 nmol/L for 12 months prior to competition. While this begins to address the advantageous effects of circulating testosterone on athletic performance, it does not take into account the advantage afforded by testosterone exposure prior to transitioning. The existing data suggests that lowering testosterone to less than 10 nmol/L for 12 months decreases muscle mass but not to biological female levels and despite the decrease in mass, muscle strength can be maintained, especially if concurrently exercising. Estrogen therapy does not affect most of the anatomical structures in the biological male that provide a physiological benefit. Hemoglobin levels are lowered by estrogen therapy, and consequently, maximum aerobic effort may be lower, but this parameter will only be manifested if testosterone levels are suppressed to levels within the biological female range and maintained for extended periods of time. Reported studies show it is difficult to continuously suppress testosterone in transgender women. Given that the percentage difference between medal placings at the elite level is normally less than 1%, there must be confidence that an elite transwoman athlete retains no residual advantage from former testosterone exposure, where the inherent advantage depending on sport could be 10–30%. Current scientific evidence can not provide such assurances and thus, under abiding rulings, the inclusion of transwomen in the elite female division needs to be reconsidered for fairness to female-born athletes.”
Women fought for years for the right to box other women. It was not until 1995 that the first woman historically sued to box in the New York Golden Gloves and a female category was established. It wasn’t until 2012 that women were finally granted the right to box in the Olympics Games and three female weight devisions were added to the 2012 London Games. Hopefully all the hard work of these brave women will not be reversed.
Sadly, most female boxers cannot speak out as they are fearful of retaliation and cancellation. They love the sport of boxing and they do not want to lose the opportunity to find success after years of hard work and absolute sacrifice. The only way to advance as an amateur boxer is by fighting and placing in tournaments. When you register in a USA Boxing tournament, you have to fight whoever you “draw” and you are placed in a bracket similar to wrestling tournaments. If you refuse to fight a biological male in your weight category, you will not advance in the tournament. So the choice for a woman who trained all year for a tournament that draws a biological male would be to 1) drop out of the tournament and lose a chance at a title or a spot in the Olympics or the World Games or 2) Risk her life and fight the biological male.
There is no other choice.
The level of sacrifice it takes to competitively box is incredible and the women who do it are nothing short of INSPIRATIONS and testaments to the power of courage. This reporter remembers the fear that had to be conquered to step into a ring in front of a complicity crowd to fistfight another woman whose goal is to knock you out.
I cannot imagine the anxiety and dread a female boxer would feel knowing her opponent was a biological male.
Here is the new USA Boxing Transgender policy:
A boxer who transitions from male to female is eligible to compete in the female category under the following conditions:
• The athlete has declared that her gender identity is female and has completed gender reassignment surgery.
• The athlete for a minimum of four years after surgery has had quarterly hormone testing and presents USA Boxing documentation of hormone levels.
• The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 5 nmol/L for at least 48 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 48 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition).
• The athlete’s total testosterone level in serum must remain below 5 nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category.• Compliance with these conditions will be monitored by testing at the expense of the athlete. In the event of non-compliance, the athlete’s eligibility for female competition will be suspended for 12 months. Re-testing of testosterone levels will then be required.
Sources tell us many USA Boxing athletes (both male and female), coaches and officials are unhappy with the new policy and have considered possibly boycotting USA Boxing.
Sadly, that more than likely will not happen as USA Boxing is the only sanctioning body in the United States for amateur boxers and the only path to the Olympic Games.
Many of these young athletes come from impoverished backgrounds and boxing is their only chance at redemption or making a name for themselves.
Sadly, females will now be required to risk death in order to do so.
Here is USA Boxing’s full policy on Transgender Athletes for 2024: Oct22USA Boxing Transgender Policy
Pray for the brave women of USA Boxing!
And remember, IN THE END GOD WINS.
Cara is an Investigative Journalist, 2-Time Boxing Champion and Television Personality. She is the co-founder of Citizens Against Political Persecution. You can watch her on Newsmax at 10PM EST every Saturday night, 11:30PM EST on Sundays and 6:00AM EST on “Wiseguys”. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @CaraCastronuova. She is currently banned on Fakebook & suing them for colluding with the Biden Regime to violate her First Amendment Rights. You can contact Cara at www.caracastronuova.com if you have any tips.
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