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Oklahoma Vice: Bikini boxing promoter to seek state license

A bikini boxing promoter has rescheduled its Oklahoma City event until July and said it will seek a license from the state. 

Nebraska-based promoter Bikini Boxing Association LLC ran afoul of the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission in May when it announced plans to hold an unsanctioned boxing match at a night club in Bricktown.

The Oklahoma City boxing match has been pushed off until July 8 at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads. 

James Hollimon, co-owner of the Bikini Boxing Association, said Tuesday that his company would seek to become a licensed fight promoter in Oklahoma to make the event a sanctioned boxing match. 

The state agency, which regulates boxing, kickboxing and wrestling events in Oklahoma is seeking a court order to halt the Oklahoma City bikini boxing event. 

Bikini Boxing Association events feature amateur, untrained female participants wearing headgear, boxing gloves and, duh, bikinis.

A hearing on  the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission's request to stop the Oklahoma City event is scheduled for June 30 if the Bikini Boxing Association isn't able to obtain a license before then, said  Joe Miller, administrator for the agency. 

Miller said if the Bikini Boxing Association does become a licensed promoter in the state, it will have to abide by laws that require blood tests and pre-fight physicals for all participants. The promoter will also have to have an ambulance and doctor on standby at the event. 

The Oklahoma State Athletic Association claims in court documents that videos available of past Bikini Boxing Association events show fighters exchanging dangerous blows, including punches to the back of the head. 

"If they do it here, they are not going to do do it the way their website portrays their past events," Miller said. 

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Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›