Bikini boxing promoter obtains license for Oklahoma City event
A Nebraska-based promoter will introduce bikini boxing to Oklahoma City after obtaining a license from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission.
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 nightclub in Bricktown.
The state agency, which regulates boxing, kickboxing and wrestling events in Oklahoma had sought a court order to halt the upcoming Oklahoma City bikini boxing event. In its lawsuit, the commission claimed the original event would run afoul of state laws designed protect the health and safety of boxing participants.
The commission dropped its lawsuit to stop the event in advance of a scheduled court hearing on Friday after the Bikini Boxing Association was able to obtain a license to operate in Oklahoma as a promoter.
James Hollimon, co-owner of the Bikini Boxing Association, said he was pleased with the outcome.
"I believe working directly with the commission will make our event even better and we look forward to building our brand throughout the state of Oklahoma in the years to come," Hollimon said.
Bikini Boxing Association delayed its Oklahoma City event until July 8 and moved the location to Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads after the commission filed its lawsuit.
Bikini Boxing Association events feature amateur, untrained female participants wearing headgear, boxing gloves and bikinis. The promoter has hosted past events in Nebraska and Texas that are typically raucous affairs with a DJ and hip-hop music.
Joe Miller, administrator for the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, told The Oklahoman earlier this month that licensed promoters must require blood tests and pre-fight physicals for all fight participants. The promoter must also have an ambulance and doctor on standby at the event.