Post by Dee Williams on Oct 1, 2012 6:45:13 GMT -5
On September 30, 2012 at the Orient Theatre in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Layla McCarter bulked up to 148¼ lbs to take on undefeated local favorite Noni Tenge (148¼ lbs) of Mooiplaas, Eastern Cape, South Africa in a ten-rounder for the vacant WBA Junior Middleweight title. McCarter TKO'd Tenge in the eighth round to take a world title in her fourth different weight class. Layla improved her record to 35-13-5 (8 KO's) as Tenge fel to 11-1-1 (9 KO's).
Fighting for a world title in another hemisphere as much as 12 lbs over her walking around weight did not faze McCarter. There aren't many boxers left in the USA who are willing to fight Layla McCarter, so she's willing to go almost anywhere to stay active in the sport.
She's also campaigned for three-minute round equality for women's boxing, putting it on the line over ten three-minute rounds with Belinda Laracuente, Melissa Hernandez and Dominga Olivo.
And anyone who saw her hang in with Jelena Mrdjenovich for eight rounds in 2005 after breaking her arm during the fifth round knows that Layla is one of the toughest females ever to step into a boxing ring.
Layla's push on the three-minute round issue has got support from the GBU.
According to today's press release,
"The Board Members of the GBU (Global Boxing Union) sanctioning body announced today they have voted to move all women's title fights to three minute rounds, in light of the recent rallies of professional women fighters across the U.S. and other countries.
This decision has been made to further the support of women's boxing in anticipation of an incline in the sport due to female participation in boxing as an Olympic sport, and to equalize the marketing value of top tier women's championship fights to eventually enable comparable pay for top female professional fighters. Their long term goal is to also draw the top female amateurs in the world into the pros with a promise of a profitable professional career as they move out of the amateurs. Terri Moss, coordinator for the GBU said, "The GBU will still negotiate the time of rounds with other sanctioning bodies in the event that championships are unified or when multiple titles are fought for in a single match in order to present as much opportunity as possible for contenders, but as a single sanctioning body in a title fight 3-minute rounds will be mandatory".