Peter Boyd raises a new issue on January 20, 2015 in regard to the decision the WA Combat Sports Commission has recently made.

Peter Boyd is the National General Secretary of Muaythai Australia. He is also a promoter of the “Ignition Muay Thai” events in Perth, WA. His next event is scheduled for February 1, 2015.

On January 20, 2015 Boyd made a public post on his Facebook profile.

“I want to apologise to all the Female and Jnr fighters who put their names in to fight on IGNITION Muaythai. I take pride in matching fighters evenly and IGNITION Muaythai is known for the quality of our match ups.”

“Unfortunately the Combat Sports Commission have rejected any match up that is between an Adult and a Junior Male or Female.”

“The females in our sport are the one’s who will suffer the most from this decision. I have received only 11 female entries, 4 of which are Juniors. From those 11 entries I managed to match only 2 even bouts. 7 females will not get a match. Now with the Combat Sports Commission’s decision, 9 out of those 11 will not be matched.”

“We are trying to lift females profiles in our sport and at this rate of entries and the Combat Sports Commission declining of matches, its not looking good for the females of our sport. I believe this will lead to females not putting their names in and promoters will stop putting female matches forward, If matches are being declined so easily.”

“As you all know match making is what makes or breaks a show. The effort that go’s into matching a show is huge and to have matches rejected by people who have no experience matching fights is a personal insult to me and my experience as a match maker.”

On January 21, 2015 Peter Boyd spoke to FIGHTMAG commenting the raised issue

“Ignition Muaythai’s main aim is to give novice fighters a safe well organised event with even matches,” he said.

“I was first informed via telephone by Greg Mcguire on 19th January 2015.”

“Then a follow up email was sent to me from Lisa Pearson who is an Administrator Officer for the Department of Sport and Recreation.”

“The email was part of the event permit brief that I received on the 20th January 2015.”

“The reason for declining the matches was this quoted from the email: ‘The decision to decline the permit for these contests was based on health and safety grounds due to the large age discrepancies between the contestants’.”

The subject brought attention of numerous participants of the combat sports industry. Mr Boyd’s post on Facebook received a large amount of comments. Several are listed below.

WA Combat Sports Commission

The Tabled Paper [Papers Tabled in the Legislative Council] is available in public domain www.parliament.wa.gov.au

Combat Sports Commission (2013-2014)(Tabled Paper No. 1909 Tabled on 23-Sep-2014)

To date a new annual report is not yet published. It is unclear if the members who’s term ends in January 2015 remain in the Commission structure.

Commission Staff [from Chairman’s report]

“The Commission is staffed by a highly competent, energetic and professional group of people. I wish to publically acknowledge the efforts of Greg McGuire, Stacey Newton, Tracey Beckwith and Lisa Pearson. It is their commitment and professionalism that ensures the smooth running of the Commission and the development of strong relationships within the Combat Sports industry. Each of them makes my task as Chairman extremely easy.”

“I also wish to acknowledge the contribution of Commissioners Wayne Rowland, Derrick Chan and Victor Stuart. Each of these Commissioners has a significant level of knowledge and experience in combat sports and have attended a large number of promotions to ensure compliance with the Act and competitor safety. I thank them for their dedication and personal assistance that they have provided to me.”

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WA Combat Sports industry participants

Numerous members of the WA Combat Sports industry, including Blair Smith, Darren Curovic, Pamorn Martdee, Grady Stewart, Adam Bailey, reportedly experience unprofessional conduct on the part of commissioners Mr Wayne Rowland, Mr Dean Woodhams, executive-officer Mr Greg McGuire, compliance and client services officer Mrs Tracey Beckwith.

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Parviz Iskenderov

Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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