House votes to fight corruption in sport

September 30, 1999|By BLOOMBERG NEWS

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. House of Representatives panel yesterday approved by voice vote legislation to fight corruption in the boxing industry by loosening the control of promoters and tightening curbs on bribery.

The House Commerce Committee approved a bill that would protect boxers from coercive contracts, require more disclosure about the safety risks of the sport and take other steps toward regulating the industry.

The measure is in part a reaction to congressional and public anger over a fight last March between heavyweights Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. Fans and experts who thought Lewis was a clear winner objected when the fight was declared a draw.

Pub Date: 9/30/99

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