How is this possible? Let me break it down
2 fighters - 1 Referee - 3 Judges - 1 Time
keeper/bellman - 1 Score keeper - 2 Officials 2 Corner-men and 2
Many a time I have sat at a ringside table
and have walked away at the end of the night, not knowing that I
have been splattered with blood droplets. It doesn’t mean much and
you tend to brush it off as part of the game, just extra washing for
the wife. In combat sports it happens all the time.
Well that was in the past…
Today the USMTA has put into practice the
Bloodwork for all. Both Amateur and professional competitor no
matter what the age is. No matter what the style. If you’re going to
compete in a USMTA sanctioned event, then you better have this
safety net, because as a fighter it’s not just you anymore that may
I as just one person have firsthand
experience of this so I speak from fact. With the rising concern of
Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B quietly on the raise among competitors
in all contact sports, there is only two safe ways to make sure we
as sports persons do not add to the spreading of this virus. One is
do not compete, the other get your bloodwork papers done.
This does not even include HIV or AIDS
which is another story
Would you not want to know your competitor
is clear of the virus? I would.. Do you think he or she would not
want the same from you? I am sure they would. The blood work lasts 6
months before renewal and is one of the ways we play our part in
keeping our sports clean.
Wearing Latex gloves does not totally
protect a referee or even the medical staff. I am sure you have all
seen referees clean the boxing gloves of a fighter who has risen
from the canvas on his shirt. Well two problems with this. The
fighter may have small amounts of blood on his boxing gloves. The
referee may unintentionally assist in spreading the virus to the
other fighter, who may also have to rise from the canvas in the next
round. The referee does the same thing and wipes the boxing gloves
on his shirt. Now the virus is transferred. If the referee is not
wearing a vest under his shirt, well this may seep through his shirt
to his skin, who knows… I’m not an expert in matters like this, but
to me common sense tells me that 3 people may now be infected…
We would rather be safe than sorry, and all
USMTA personal and registered fighters are important to the
I am asking all schools/camps who value
their fighter’s safety and health to work with us and help keep our
sport free from this virus.
In the Tri state area, if a competitor competes in a non-sanctioned
smoker or Non USMTA event, new blood work and possible a new medical
will be required due to not knowing the medical precautions of other
sanctioning bodies or promotions. And that the USMTA now requires
that all Sanctioned promotions to have a Licensed Dr. or Physician’s
Assistant at every event for fighters safety.
Please remember the USMTA are not the first
to do this; many other state commissions have this as mandatory for
‘ring oriented’ sports.
But we are the first to establish this in
New York State as mandatory. Other states will follow.