Thanks to Implants, Boxing Career Goes Bust

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2009 1:46 PM CST
Women's boxing is a hoped for sport at the 2012 London Olympics.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A British model and recreational boxer has been barred from competition because she has breast implants, ABC News reports. The Amateur Boxing Association of England cited possible health risks, but Sarah Blewden says she should be able to use a breast protector, similar to groin cups for men. “If I had great, ginormous, double-F breasts it would be different,” she says.

Blewden denied that the beef was a publicity stunt. “It's about boxing,” she said. In fact, the boxer said she hopes her plight will push development of an acceptable breast protector. The association said it regrets the hoopla. “It's really just bad timing when we are pushing for equality,” an official said, “but we also want to make sure that people are safe.”