“But Truth Be Told…”: Amanda Serrano, Claressa Shields, And Others React to 3 Minute Rounds In Women’s Boxing Being Branded as “The Stupidest Thing Ever”

Published 06/22/2022, 11:15 AM EDT

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Lou Dibella was the talk of the town in women’s boxing after he recently came out and made his case for the current two minutes per round in women’s boxing to the men’s three minutes.

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In an interview with the Best Women’s boxing channel, Dibella was asked why he was against 3-minute rounds in women’s boxing to which the promoter replied by saying,” Because I think it is the stupidest thing ever“. Moreover, he then went on to state his reasons as to why it would be better if women’s boxing stuck to the current format and says that two-minute rounds result in more engaging fights and are much safer for the athletes.

Claressa Shields, Amanda Serrano, and others react to Dibella

Many female boxers had their own opinion on the topic, and they took to Twitter to share it. Moreover, there were mixed reactions from professional athletes and female boxers as they came out to voice their opinion on Dibella’s statement.

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Unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano was in favor of the 2 minute round and also referred to her knockouts to make a point as she tweeted,

However, there were other female boxers who did not agree with Dibella, including Olympic medalist Claressa Shields, who stated that three-minute rounds would help her showcase more of her skill.

Moreover, Bellator women’s featherweight champion Chirs Cyborg also reacted to the statement saying that two minute round does not allow the fighters to showcase their talents as she tweets,

British boxer Ashley Theophane seemed to agree with Cyborg as he came out to support her, moreover, he also criticized the two-minute round format.

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Theophane addresses Debialla’s main reason for wanting to stick to the current rule, which was that 2-minute rounds were safer as he says the 3-minute rounds were probably safer as the fighter would not get hit as much. Furthermore, he also took shots at Dibella mocking promoters like him, and also the rule organizations.

Mixed opinion about the two-minute rule

There were a lot of mixed opinions about the current 2-minute format: some female boxers like Amanda Serrano have praised it, others like Claressa Shields have criticized it, and each of them has their own valid points to make. However, if such a rule change takes place, it will certainly be a huge change in women’s boxing.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and has a keen interest in the sweet science of boxing. His journey in boxing began when he first saw highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager and then followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather Sahil is an avid fan of Tyson Fury and Vasiliy Lomachenko and strongly believes that Lomachenko is pound for pound the best boxer in the world.

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