Marine Boxing Team at Camp Pendleton Ordered Shut Down
The Marine Corps, known as the world's most premier fighting force, filled with more than 236 years of military tradition, ironically just shut down one of its bases' boxing teams because it was deemed too violent.
Camp Pendleton, located in Oceanside, California, disbanded their boxing team by order of Marine Corps Sports Headquarters at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia on July 10.
Head coach Staff Sgt. Kenneth Jones announced the Corps' decision via Facebook last week.
"Bad news ... Camp Pendleton Boxing Fans," he wrote. "The Camp Pendleton Boxing Team has been disbanded permanently ... due to risk of the sport, difficulty in finding a qualified Level 3 coach, recent injuries on the All-Marine Boxing Team, recent injury on the Camp Pendleton Boxing team, and budget cutbacks. All members have returned back to their units and the boxing equipment will be distributed for use to all the gyms throughout Camp Pendleton."
The injury in question came in June of this year when an unnamed boxer was punched in the head during a match in Pomona, Calif. The fighter was then airlifted to Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Hospital where he was diagnosed with internal bleeding in the head and admitted into intensive care.
A June 30 Facebook posting read: "The doctor said that he will be fine, just needs to rest and conduct a follow-up appointment with a head-trauma specialist to further evaluate his recovery. One of the doctors told the head coach that it should be a fast recovery because of his athletic condition. Again, thank you all for your support and prayers. It means a lot to the team to see that we have the support, even from other boxing gyms/teams. Semper Fi."
Although he was released from the hospital the next day the Marine Corps made the decision to pull the plug on training. While the base team has been shut down the All Marine Boxing Team has not. Marines wishing to compete can still try out to make the All Marine Boxing Team.
Photos taken from Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Boxing Team Facebook page