UK Woman boxer banned from the ring for having breast implants

February 16, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Model-turned-boxer Sarah Blewden, 25, has been banned from boxing – because she has breast implants.

When I first heard this story I thought the reason for the banning might have to do with the implants being considered padding i.e. added protection. But boxing officials in the UK are concerned that repeated blows to her false breasts could knock them out of shape and damage her breast tissue.

To boost her modeling career Sarah had breast enlargement surgery in 2003 to take her chest size up to a 32C from a 32B.

She turned to boxing two years ago as a way of keeping fit but realized she had a natural talent for it.

Sarah, who runs a successful hair salon, applied to the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) so she could compete in the ring.

The pretty pugilist was stunned when she was told she wasn’t allowed to fight under Queensbury rules due to her implants.

A medical expert from the association said Sarah’s chest was at risk of ‘capsular contracture’ or distortion if they were repeatedly hit.

Blood cells in the breast tissue pushed forward by the implants could also be harmed, it was ruled.

Sarah responds to the concerns telling the UK Daily Mail: ‘I think it is just ridiculous. My surgeon said they make me no more vulnerable than any other woman. They are not enormous ones – they are in proportion.

‘They are gel implants and not liquid so they won’t burst. And if I suffer capsular contracture and need to pay for corrective surgery then that is my decision.’

Sarah, who trains eight hours a week, said she used to do Thai boxing which involves kicks to the body and her enhanced breasts survived that intact.

She added: ‘Amateur boxing is not about knocking people out, it is about scoring points through skill. It is great at keeping you fit. I have been told I am good at it and I just want the chance to go on in the sport.’

Her trainer Mark Plunkett, from Poole, said: ‘Sarah is very talented at boxing. She wants to box at a very high standard and is desperate to go to the Olympics.

Sarah also asked the ABA if she could wear a breast protector in the ring but was told that might not prevent her breasts from damage.

She said: ‘They told me they have not got an approved breast protector but it just seems they haven’t done the research and aren’t willing to do it. I think I am the first woman to approach the ABA with this problem.

‘Women haven’t been allowed to box for that long and this is an obstacle I want to get over so other women like me won’t have the same problem.’

Tony Attwood, the chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of England, said they had been hoping to find an effective breast plate that would protect boxer’s chest area.

He said: ‘International rules forbid anyone with breast implants continuing to box because of risk of damage to the breast tissue.


One Response to “UK Woman boxer banned from the ring for having breast implants”

  1. Raquel on February 17th, 2009 11:47 am

    It does sound a little dangerous.

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