BOXING Ireland is calling for an extra €1 million to help combat obesity, amid concerns that the sport is being treated unfairly by its owners.
The Irish Boxing Association (IAA) has submitted its submission to the Irish government, which has the power to sanction the sport and make payments to promoters.
The submission says the IAB should consider more money given the current state of the sport.
It states that boxing has become the fastest growing sport in Ireland, attracting a number of well-known athletes and celebrities, and that there are also increasing concerns about the future of boxing in Ireland.
“Boxing Ireland’s current financial situation is challenging and it would be beneficial to take action to address the current issues,” the IAA said in a statement.
“This would be in line with the Government’s recent policy of reducing the funding gap for the IBA and ensuring that it has a stable financial footing.”
Boxing has been in the spotlight in recent months, after the release of a damning documentary on its health and safety, and the death of Conor McGregor, the UFC’s light heavyweight champion.
The documentary revealed that McGregor suffered a fatal heart attack at the hands of promoter Eddie Hearn in the United Kingdom.
The IAB’s submission says that, while the sport has received good coverage, its treatment has been unfairly maligned.
“There are a number issues in boxing that we believe need to be addressed,” the statement said.
“It is imperative that boxing have the support of the Irish Government and that boxing’s management is fully engaged with the Irish public and stakeholders to achieve this goal.”
Boxings Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he would consider the IAAF’s submission.
“We are committed to addressing the obesity crisis, we are committed now to addressing that issue as well,” he said.
“I am sure that IBA will be working with us to address these issues, and I look forward to working with them on that.”
The IBA says it is in talks with the sport’s promoters and is looking for more money.