New incident of gender violence accused of two-time former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” López The issue of the relationship between boxing, violence, and matching patterns in couple and family relationships has been raised once again.
each time a fighter engages in violent acts – such as now facing former world champion super bantamweight (122 pounds) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight (126 pounds); As if Felix Verdejo, At which . is accused of murder Keisha Rodriguez Ortizo; or like that Daniel Santos, who faced charges in 2020 for $100,000 in damages to four cars – there are people who don’t hesitate to point to boxing as the origin of the problem.
However, for the President of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, and for former boxer and former chairman of the Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission, Victor “Luvi” CallejaIt is wrong to attribute the practice of boxing to the violence problems of Lopez or other boxers as criminals because these incidents are also recorded among people of other professions.
Cause Lopez was found yesterday for arrest in seven counts of aggravated assault and physical, psychological and threatened abuse, The product of four complaints submitted by his former partner, Andrea Ojeda Cruz. was a former athlete $175, 000. posted a lump sum bond of, to which he lent, for which he was released under electronic supervision and ordered not to leave his home without the court’s permission.
Ojeda Cruz pointed to Lopez in some posts on her Instagram account for an alleged pattern of gender violence, which included insults and assault. The young woman, known as “La Pekistan” in her network, later went to the police to file a complaint. After filing the complaint, Lopez turned herself in and was arrested.
“It’s not boxing’s problem, it’s society’s problem”Valcarcel declared from the start. “It happens to lawyers, doctors, engineers, accountants, mechanics, plumbers. It happens to everyone, it is a problem of the society. In his case (Lopez) it is exacerbated by drinking, which is something that society allows and accepts,” he said.
Valcarcel said he is not concerned about the image boxed has of him and stressed that it is a problem at all levels of society. He pointed out that the body directed by him focused on tackling the issue through the OMB’s “Kids Drugs Free” program, which, in addition to addressing the drug problem, specified discipline and the problem of violence. .
As part of this program, WBO sponsors boxing gyms and conducts various educational activities and brings boxers to testify.
“It is a misconception about what boxing is. There are hundreds of thousands of boxers around the world and (violence) cases are the exception. It is a social evil that can be solved by education”, said the veteran boxing leader.
Calleja agreed with Valcarcel that the notion that boxing promotes violence is wrong.
“Here we are justifying (that this incident) is the fault of boxing. I differ from this because if there is one sport in which the discipline is practiced the most, it is boxing. This is the most disciplined game. We (boxers) are not paid to beat women. In fact, we are not paid to kill anyone outside the ring. We are professionals,” said Calleja, who was the World Boxing Association’s junior featherweight world champion.
For his part, the teacher Rafael René Diaz Torres, which offers a course on sport and gender at the Rio Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR-RP), reported that problems of violence, harassment and aggression can be seen in all sports, not just contact. So he understands that it is imperative to analyze the way athletes train.
“In sports in general, you always have to analyze how the issue of violence is handled, and it is not limited to contact sports like boxing, wrestling or judo. I believe that violence, aggression and harassment have some problems in all sports.“said Díaz Torres, who also offers geography courses at UPR-RP.
“Yes, we should review, we should analyze how we can improve training methods, approaching the training of athletes in sports like boxing. But it is a systemic problem that not only applies to other sports, including non-contact sports, but it also applies to many, many instances.”, argued the scholar, who advocated integration of sporting methods with gender perspectives.
Diaz Torres determined that when talking about gender violence, in addition to physical aggression, Other types of aggression and subtleties include. This last term is defined by various factors such as attitudes, observations and prejudices that appear in daily life and that contribute to women’s inequality and that place them in a lower position than men in all walks of life. .
Similarly, the teacher pointed out that violence is a systemic thing that can be found in other professions “that society generally recognizes in civilized, quotation marks”.
“One of the areas where there are more cases of gender violence, subtle assault and harassment is in the academy, and society generally doesn’t give the academy the stigma they attribute to boxing,” he said. “Yes, you have to review the protocol; How gender violence is addressed in training athletes, including boxers, But we cannot ignore that this is a systemic problem that occurs in other businesses as well.Reiterated Diaz Torres, who stressed that the positive contribution of sports to the lives of many cannot be overstated.