Women Fighters Voice Concern Over USA Boxing’s New Transgender Policy

USA Boxing’s decision to introduce a ‘Transgender Policy’ in 2024 has been criticized by the boxing community. 

The news means male boxers who have transitioned can fight in women’s boxing. There are various stipulations in place governing the rules. Those under 18 have to fight under their gender from birth. Elsewhere, boxers have to go through a lengthy process. They must prove they have done the following: gender reassignment surgery, hormone testing, and confirm the gender they identify under. 

Any hormone testing is done every three months and monitored by USA Boxing for a minimum of four years after the surgery. This is to ensure that the levels of testosterone from those transitioning from men to women is under five nmol/L for four years before they compete in a competition. The levels must then remain under five nmol/L for the whole competition to be seen as a woman. 

“The purpose of this policy is to provide fairness and safety for all boxers. USA Boxing has determined this policy based on the November 2021 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity and Sex Variations, which remits each sport and its governing body to determine how an athlete may be at a disproportionate advantage compared with their peers, taking into consideration the nature of each sport,” USA Boxing

The decision has come under fire from many boxing insiders, particularly women fighters, who see this as another obstacle in the way of developing women’s boxing.


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